Selkirk: Srinivas Kancha Charged For Wire Fraud

Selkirk: Srinivas Kancha Charged For Wire Fraud

Former State Employee, Srinivas Kancha Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud

ALBANY, N.Y (STL.News) Srinivas Kancha, age 52, of Selkirk, New York, was charged with conspiring to defraud his former employer, the Office of the New York State Comptroller (OSC).

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon; New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli; and Kevin Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

A criminal complaint alleges that between 2015 and 2017, while employed at OSC, Kancha conspired with the owner of a company (identified in the complaint as “Company-P”) to fraudulently obtain money by hiring computer programmers from Company-P to work on a project Kancha managed for OSC in exchange for a kickback from Company-P. The charges in the complaint are merely accusations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

In January 2015, according to the complaint, OSC entered into a contract with a consortium of three companies to identify and hire computer programmers for a project.  When OSC needed to hire a programmer, it sent a request form to one of the three companies. 

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