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Ex-U.S. Official Gets Probation in Gallup Conflict Case

April 09, 2013

Timothy Cannon was sentenced to probation for attempting to use his job overseeing U.S. government contracts to secure employment with the Gallup Organization, the opinion polling and consulting services company.

Cannon, 63, also was ordered to perform 250 hours of community service by District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington.

Jackson said the while she was troubled by the effort Cannon made to conceal possible employment with Gallup from other government officials, she was influenced by his otherwise exemplary record and believed that “the facts of what took place in this case are an aberration.”

Cannon also has agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a whistle- blower lawsuit in which he’s a defendant along with Gallup, pending Justice Department approval. Jackson made paying the fine a condition of Cannon’s probation.

The criminal case is U.S. v. Cannon, 13-cr-00001, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington). The whistleblower case is U.S. ex rel. Lindley v. The Gallup Organization, 09-cv-01985, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Zajac in Washington at azajac@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.


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