Former LADWP cybersecurity chief gets 4 years in prison

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced the former top cybersecurity officer at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to four years in prison for lying to federal authorities.

David Alexander is the second city official to be convicted in the DWP’s comprehensive federal corruption investigation and the city attorney’s office.

David Wright, the former general manager of DWP, was sentenced in April to six years in prison for bribery.

U.S. District Judge Stanley Blumenfeld Jr. told the court that Alexander lied and covered up his actions at the utility company “with great ease”.

“He was an essential part of the corruption culture at the DWP,” Blumenfeld said.

Alexander declined to comment on The Times after his conviction.

Prosecutors said Alexander helped a company associated with Paul Paradis, a New York attorney who was also involved in the expanded plan, to win work at the utility.

Later, Alexander sought a job for himself with the company as he prepared to leave the DWP, prosecutors said. He lied to the FBI about the role he played in pushing the contract.

Alexander was the Chief Information Security Officer of the DWP from May 2017 to February 2019 and then until August 2019.

Prosecutors said he used his position with the Southern California Public Power Authority, a consortium of utilities, to manipulate the bidding process in favor of a contract for Paradis’ company.

Alexander was the vice chair of the SCPPA cybersecurity working group and was one of the four members of the scoring committee. He influenced the composition of the scoring committee as well as shared his scores with the other raters to convince them to rate the company favorably. In April 2019, the company was awarded a contract.

The DWP board later tried to relist the contract through the utility. Alexander again made an effort to influence the other members of the assessment committee to give a favorable assessment of Paradis’ company. He texted Paradis about his plans to finalize the contract, writing: “I know my job [laughing-crying emoji]the prosecutors said.

Alexander later met Paradis and asked “proactively for work” at the cybersecurity firm.

At the time, Paradis was secretly working with the FBI and recording his conversations with Alexander, according to transcripts on the court file.

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