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EXCLUSIVE: Crooked Contractor's Ties Extended to Energy Dept.

The document, an invoice for 13 hours of work performed during January 2004, was for $2,355. Written on the invoice are the words, "Principal systems architect."

We could not determine the total value or length of MZM's contract with the Energy Department. The agency did not return calls for comment.

The Department of Energy protects many of the nation's nuclear weapons and energy secrets, including advanced research projects at Los Alamos, Livermore and other national labs. Its Office of Counterintelligence was created in 1998 to strengthen counterespionage efforts, particularly in the labs, where security remains notoriously weak.

In Congress, appropriations that fund the Energy Counterintelligence Office are handled by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Former congressman Cunningham, who is serving an eight-year sentence for taking bribes from MZM founder Mitchell Wade, sat on that panel.

The invoice shows the services were performed by Douglas Evalenko, who was vice president of MZM, company records show. Evalenko was also on the board of directors of Wade's non-profit Sure Foundation, which shared an address with MZM's headquarters, according to the group's IRS filings.

We reached Evalenko on the phone, but he declined to discuss the arrangement. "I don't work for MZM anymore and really have no comment," he said. He referred us to the company, which has since been purchased by Athena Innovative Solutions.

Reached in his office, Athena's General Counsel Michael Woods declined to elaborate on the contract. "We don't comment on MZM matters at all," Woods told us.