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TSA Employee Charged With Bribery

February 16, 2012


Shannon Gilliam, 29, of Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania was charged by information, unsealed today, with bribery, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Gilliam was employed as a Security Training Instructor with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and was assigned to the Philadelphia International Airport. Gilliam’s full-time responsibility was to conduct training for Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) and to administer mandatory screening proficiency tests to TSOs who handle passenger and baggage screening at the Philadelphia International Airport. TSOs had to receive passing grades on annual, mandatory screening proficiency tests in order to continue employment as passenger and baggage screeners with TSA.

According to the information, between August and October of 2011, Gilliam accepted a bribe of $200 in exchange for ensuring a passing grade on the mandatory, annual certification examination by taking the test for the payee.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 15 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and may be disqualified from “holding any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States.”

The case was investigated by Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General with cooperation from the Transportation Security Administration. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alicia M. Freind.

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