In an earlier blog post it was mentioned that OPM chose to prosecute six investigators to send a message to potential offenders that they can face felony charges and jail time, instead of just being fired. Is this part of that message?
A former Central Intelligence Agency investigator pleaded guilty today to fabricating about 80 background checks of various people with summaries of interviews she did not conduct. The investigator faces up to 12 months in prison and a potential $20,000 in fines. She also will be required to make $24,555 in restitution. Her reports were used for hiring decisions and granting security clearance for people.
This is probably not a case of sabotaging investigations for the Russians! It’s more likely a case of laziness and/or incompetence. She had to know she was playing with fire, right? If it were a job that doesn’t affect national security, you’d be fired for lying, but that’s about it.
It’s unfortunate that only the bad news gets most of the attention these days and admittedly I am a contributor.