NSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Submitting False Timesheets

Collected Full Salary Even Though Absent Almost 40% of the Time

May 15, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - Robert W. Lucas, age 50, of Pasadena, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to making false statements in timesheets he submitted to the National Security Agency for hours he worked, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to the plea agreement, Lucas worked at NSA as a computer scientist at its Fort Meade and Annapolis Junction headquarters. Like most federal employees, Lucas was required to submit timesheets for each two-week pay period in which he accounted for the 80 hours that made up that pay period. At the end of each pay period, Lucas was required to print out a hard copy of his timesheet and initial it for any leave taken. After his supervisor reviewed and signed the timesheet, it was given to a timekeeper who verified the data. Lucas himself served as a timekeeper or backup timekeeper at NSA for more than 10 years beginning in 1996. NSA managers relied on the truthfulness of timesheets submitted by NSA employees.

Between March 2006 and March 2007 Lucas submitted false timesheets to his supervisors claiming to have worked approximately 786 hours more than he had actually worked. These 786 hours were the equivalent of $37,060.09, or about 37 percent of his salary for the one-year time period. Lucas did not have sufficient reserves of annual leave and sick leave to miss 786 hours and still be paid for such hours.

Lucas faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for August 1, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the National Security Agency - Office of Inspector General for its investigative work and commended Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Biran, who is prosecuting the case.



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