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Former NSA Contractor Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements on Timesheets Causing Nsa to Overpay by More than $108,780


Claimed Over 836 Hours More Than She Actually Worked

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - Ann Warwick, age 46, of Columbia, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to making false statements in connection with the hours she worked on an NSA contract.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; the National Security Agency, Office of Inspector General; and Special Agent in Charge Robert Craig of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service - Mid-Atlantic Field Office.

"When you consider the type of work Ms. Warwick was trained to do, the fight on terrorism, and today's budget concerns, this type of behavior is unconscionable and cannot be tolerated," said Robert Craig, Special Agent in Charge for the Mid-Atlantic Field Office, DCIS. "I hope that this guilty plea sends a message - loud and clear - that the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the NSA-Office of Inspector General, and hard working prosecutors at the United States Attorney's Office will commit resources and investigate these allegations of greed to the fullest extent possible."

According to Warwick’s plea agreement, from August 17, 2009 to July 15, 2010, Warwick worked for Business Consulting Technology LLC (BCT), a subcontractor who provided intelligence analyst services for the National Security Agency (NSA). Warwick worked at NSA headquarters exclusively when she was working on the contract. Each week, BCT required employees to submit a timesheet for hours worked that week. Warwick submitted timesheets falsely stating the number of hours she had worked on more than 150 days, and submitted timesheets for 57 days that she did not in fact work. As a result, Warwick claimed that she had worked a total of 836 hours more than she had in fact worked.

NSA paid the contractor $106.26 per hour and $132.02 per hour for the hours that Warwick claimed to have worked, overpaying by a total of approximately $108,780.

Warwick faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., has scheduled sentencing for August 31, 2011.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended NSA-OIG and DCIS for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Mark W. Crooks, who is prosecuting the case.

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