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Tyrone D. Pipkin, Notice of Debarment Action, E-Rate Program

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Released: December 15, 2011

Federal Communications Commission

Enforcement Bureau

Investigations and Hearings Division

445 12th Street, SW, Suite 4-C330

Washington, D.C. 20554

December 15, 2011
DA 11-2022

VIA CERTIFIED MAIL RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
AND E-MAIL

Mr. Tyrone D. Pipkin
c/o Mr. Walter Francis Becker, Jr.
Chaffe McCall LLP
Energy Centre
1100 Poydras St., Suite 2300
New Orleans, LA 70163-2300

Re: Notice of Debarment

File No. EB-11-IH-1071

Dear Mr. Pipkin:
The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) hereby notifies you that,
pursuant to Section 54.8 of its rules, you are prohibited from participating in the schools and
libraries universal service support mechanism (E-Rate program) for three years from either the date
of your receipt of this Notice of Debarment, or of its publication in the Federal Register, whichever
is earlier in time (Debarment Date).1
On August 17, 2011, the Commission’s Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) sent you a Notice of
Suspension and Initiation of Debarment Proceeding (Notice of Suspension)2 that was published in
the Federal Register on September 2, 2011.3 The Notice of Suspension suspended you from
participating in activities associated with or relating to the schools and libraries universal service
support mechanism and described the basis for initiating debarment proceedings against you, the
applicable debarment procedures, and the effect of debarment.4
As discussed in the Notice of Suspension, you and others conspired to control the E-Rate
application and implementation process for several schools located in four states.5 Specifically,


1 47 C.F.R. § 54.8(g) (2010). See also 47 C.F.R. § 0.111 (delegating authority to the Enforcement Bureau to
resolve universal service suspension and debarment proceedings).
2 Letter from Theresa Z. Cavanaugh, Acting Chief, Investigations and Hearings Division, Enforcement
Bureau, Federal Communications Commission to Tyrone D. Pipkin, Notice of Suspension and Initiation of
Debarment Proceeding, DA 11-1424, 26 FCC Rcd 11389 (Inv. & Hearings Div., Enf. Bur. 2011).
3 76 Fed. Reg. 54768 (Sept. 2, 2011).
4 Supra note 2.
5 Notice of Suspension, 26 FCC Rcd at 11390.

Tyrone D. Pipkin
December 15, 2011
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you obstructed the open competitive bidding process by paying school officials $79,382 in bribes
and kickbacks to ensure more than $1.4 million in E-Rate contracts would be steered to your
company, Global Networking Technologies, Inc.6 For your role in the conspiracy, you were
sentenced to serve one year and one day in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised
release for federal crimes in connection with your participation in a scheme to defraud the E-Rate
program.7 The court ordered you to pay a $6,000 criminal fine in addition to your sentence.8
Pursuant to Section 54.8(c) of the Commission’s rules, your conviction of criminal conduct in
connection with the E-Rate program serves as a basis for your debarment.9
In accordance with the Commission’s debarment rules, you were required to file with the
Commission any opposition to your suspension or its scope, or to your proposed debarment or its
scope, no later than 30 calendar days from either the date of your receipt of the Notice of
Suspension or of its publication in the Federal Register, whichever date occurs first.10 The
Commission did not receive any such opposition.
For the foregoing reasons, you are debarred for three years from the Debarment Date.11
During this debarment period, you are excluded from participating in any activities associated with
or related to the E-Rate program, including the receipt of funds or discounted services through the
schools and libraries support mechanism, or consulting with, assisting, or advising applicants or
service providers regarding the schools and libraries support mechanism.12
Sincerely,
Theresa Z. Cavanaugh
Acting Chief
Investigations and Hearings Division
Enforcement Bureau
cc:
Johnnay Schrieber, Universal Service Administrative Company (via e-mail)
Rashann Duvall, Universal Service Administrative Company (via email)
Juan Rodriguez, Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice (via e-mail)
Marvin Opotowsky, Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice (via e-mail)


6 Id.
7See United States v. Tyrone D. Pipkin, Criminal Case Nos. 10-325 and 11-15 “A”, Judgment (E.D. La. filed
June 21, 2011).
8 Notice of Suspension, 26 FCC Rcd at 11391.
9 47 C.F.R. § 54.8(c).
10 47 C.F.R. §§ 54.8 (e)(3), (4). Any opposition had to be filed no later than September 16, 2011.
11 47 C.F.R. §§ 54.8(e)(5), (g).
12 47 C.F.R. §§ 54.8(a)(1), (5), (d).

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