Ex-top NASA employee found guilty

A former top NASA employee was found guilty today of violating ethics laws by steering $9.6 million to a consulting client.

Courtney Stadd, NASA’s former chief of staff and White House liaison, was accused of enriching himself and helping a consulting client get the grants.

Stadd had left NASA in 2003 and started a consulting business, but he returned in 2005 as the agency’s interim No. 3 official.

Stadd also had steered $12 million in agency funds for earth science research to the state of Mississippi, and most ended up with one of his clients, Mississippi State University.