Government Contract Employee Sentenced For Making False Claims

Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning announced Tuesday a government contract employee was sentenced to one month in prison for filing false claims.

Forty-two-year-old Shawn Penn of Pasadena, Maryland filed false claims for security guard services that she did not provide. Penn was an active duty U.S. Army Intelligence Officer at Fort Meade full-time and worked part-time for the U.S. Department of Defense in Anne Arundel County, providing security guard services at a Top Secret-Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, according to court documents.

PrisonThe locations where Penn worked had surveillance cameras that monitored inside and outside the facility and workstation areas. She was responsible for reviewing live videos from the security cameras, monitoring the temperature in the facility, checking for alarms and performing exterior security sweeps.

Penn often abandoned her duties, but stilled filed a claim with her employer from September 2015 to August 2016, resulting in a $40,000 loss. In addition to the 30-month prison sentence, Penn has agreed to pay $30,000 in restitution.

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