NSA Subcontractor Employee Indicted for Fraud

March 11, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury indicted James Jackson, age 40, of Glen Burnie, Maryland today for making false statements as to the number of hours he worked over a two year period under a contract with the National Security Agency (NSA) to provide messaging services, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to the 20 count indictment, Jackson was employed full-time by a subcontractor for NSA to provide messaging services at NSA’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. From September 2004 to January 2007 Jackson allegedly submitted false time sheets in which he claimed that he worked 834.25 hours more than he actually worked. As a result, NSA overpaid $75,150 for Jackson’s services.

Jackson faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison on each of the 20 counts for making false statements. Jackson is scheduled to have his initial appearance and arraignment in federal district court in Baltimore on March 27.

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 thanked the National Security Agency, Office of Inspector General and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Biran, who is prosecuting the case.



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