A U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and the inspector general of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced charges on Friday against an NLRB employee who allegedly used her position to sell confidential information about agency cases in exchange for cash bribes.
Anett Rodrigues, 53, will face U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul E. Davison on Friday in court after she was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, one count of honest services wire fraud, and one count of bribery for giving private information to a “co-conspirator.” She could face up to 75 years in prison if she is found guilty.
A press release detailing the charges against Rodrigues said she reportedly “used her employment with the NLRB to provide a competitive advantage to a co-conspirator (‘CC-1’) who operated a Westchester County-based company that offered consulting services to clients – principally law firms – appearing before the NLRB.”
For approximately four years, Rodrigues allegedly “regularly” sent photos of charge sheets, which are only made available to the companies mentioned in them or by Freedom of Information Act requests, to the co-conspirator before they were supposed to be released.
“In exchange [for] this assistance, CC-1 regularly met with RODRIGUES to provide her with cash bribe payments,” according to the release.
“As alleged, Anett Rodrigues, a trusted employee of a federal agency with access to sensitive nonpublic information, monetized her position to divulge some of that information in exchange for bribes. Rodrigues’s alleged selling of the information provided a competitive advantage to the alleged bribe payer’s company, but it also leaves Rodrigues facing multiple felony counts,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said.