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Northport VA worker accused of accepting gifts from contractor

An information technology specialist with the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center was charged Monday in federal court with accepting $40,000 in benefits from a telecommunications company that conducted business with his employer, court records show.

Kenneth Czumak, who was taken into custody Monday morning, stood before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis in Manhattan later in the day, court records show.

He is charged with one count of illegal salary supplementation and faces a maximum of 5 years in prison if found guilty of receiving meals, going on golf outings, and receiving car services and hotel rooms, court papers show.

Czumak was the primary contact for a telecommunications firm at the medical center, which provides health care services to veterans on Long Island and surrounding areas, court records show.

From January 2008 to June 2013, Czumak took benefits from the telecommunications firm, which had a $6 million subcontract to provide voice, data infrastructure and related services to the medical center, court papers show.

The name of the telecommunications company wasn't disclosed in the court papers.

Czumak, in court papers, acknowledged in March that he was aware government employees are not allowed to accept gifts worth more than $15 from outside sources.

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