Government Contractor Indicted for Making False Claims and False Statements

December 7, 2016

Allegedly Claimed to be Working When She Was Not

United States Attorney for the District of MarylandA federal grand jury has charged Shawn Penn, age 41, of Pasadena, with making false claims and false statements, for allegedly falsely representing to her employer that she was working as a security guard at a government facility, when she was actually elsewhere.  The indictment was returned on December 1, 2016.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Robert Craig of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service – Mid-Atlantic Field Office.

According to the five-count indictment, Penn worked as a contract employee performing security guard services for the U.S. Department of Defense in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  In addition, Penn worked full-time, during regular business hours, as an active duty U.S. Army Intelligence Officer at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Penn performed her security guard services for a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF), which required that she hold a Top Secret-Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance, possess a gun permit, and carry a government issued duty cell phone while on duty.  Penn’s work locations had surveillance cameras that monitored her work station area, and areas inside and outside the building.  Penn’s duties included reviewing computer monitors with live video from security cameras, checking for alarms, monitoring the temperature in the facility and performing exterior security sweeps.

The indictment alleges that from September 2015 to August 2016, Penn regularly abandoned her work station and falsely represented to her employer that she had been working as a security guard when she was actually elsewhere.  According to the indictment, Penn’s false claims regarding her security work hours caused the government to pay more than $40,000 to her employers to which they and Penn were not entitled.

Further, the indictment alleges that on October 6, 2016, Penn falsely stated to investigators from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service that she had not abandoned her security guard duties until January 2016, when in fact, she had been abandoning her duties since at least September 2015; and that she falsely claimed that she “sat in her car,” was “across the street,” or “drove around the parking lot,” during her guard shifts, when Penn knew she was elsewhere during those shifts.

Penn faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each of the four counts of making false claims, and for making false statements.  Penn had an initial appearance and arraignment this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and was released under the supervision of U.S. Pretrial Services.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt.  An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DCIS for its work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Harry M. Gruber, who is prosecuting the case.

9 Responses to Government Contractor Indicted for Making False Claims and False Statements

  1. Nick on December 7, 2016 at 5:03 am

    She was “active duty U.S. Army Intelligence Officer at Fort Meade, Maryland.”

    The “intelligence” is missing.

  2. Mad Dog Mattis on December 7, 2016 at 5:19 am

    41 years old and still active duty? Something doesn’t jive here. She probably got charged with more, but the old standby “falsifying an official government record” is what stuck. Either way, I’m glad they caught this individual fleecing the government. Now I wish they would do something about the LCS and JSF programs. Talk about Fraud, Waste and Abuse.

    • Hex on December 7, 2016 at 10:30 am

      What is wrong with being a 41 year old and active duty U.S. Army Intelligence Officer?

    • Anonymous on December 7, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Active duty at 41 is old? If she is an officer (which she is), and she isn’t Doogie Howser; she has probably been in around 18 years. That is ASSUMING she joined immediately after college.

      • Dav on December 7, 2016 at 8:24 pm

        Ever heard of Mustangs? She can easily be 41 if she enlisted then was commissioned later. You folks that commented, if you served that is scary.

  3. Buck Wyld on December 7, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Sounds like a great part time gig, until you get caught! What a dumbazz! I hope you like Ramen noodles, honey buns and watered down red drink.

  4. Anonymous on December 7, 2016 at 7:52 am

    It’s about time they cracked down on these people who abuse the system. They cost us hard working taxpayers millions every year. Bunch of slackers.

  5. Anonymous on December 11, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Oh wow. There are so many of these folks who pose as honest tax paying citizens while in fact scamming Uncle Sam. These degenerates are everywhere they are those slackers that they are usually whitecollar and feel as though they have hit the powerball

    • Anonymous on December 11, 2016 at 11:07 am

      These thieves in fact think they have hit the Powerball with a government contract. They are everywhere. Some have been busted in St. Mary’s county in recent years. There was a Bradbury who was popped a few years back for scamming the government. The biggest let down is these cheapskates are given security clearances when in fact they are lawbreaking perps the same folks they turn their noses up to when entering Lexington Park. They live in half million dollar homes and send their children to the best schools, drive fancy cars, dress in prep style attire, and are usually of European descent. Other ethnicities are usually not given the great chance of hitting the lottery with a government contract. Though few are given the opportunity primarily because of affirmative action.