Commerce Employee Entered into Pretrial Diversion Program for Metrocheck Fraud, Removed From Federal Service
January 30, 2009
An Office of the Secretary employee was arrested on charges of first degree theft by OIG special agents and the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police. The employee had fraudulently obtained and given away $1,950 in transit subsidy benefits that she had received while also maintaining an assigned parking permit at the Commerce headquarters building. In October 2008, the employee pleaded guilty, agreed to a deferred prosecution, and was admitted into the First Time Offender Diversion Program with the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She was also ordered to pay full restitution in the amount of $1,950. In January 2009, she was removed from her position for misrepresentation in the receipt of transit subsidy benefits and for transferring transit subsidy benefits to a third party.