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October 7, 2011

Memphis, Tenn - Ricky German, age 49, of Memphis, Tennessee was found guilty by a federal jury of
18 U.S.C. § 242- Deprivation of rights under color of law, 18 U.S.C. § 654 - Officer or employee of
United States converting property of another, and 18 U.S.C. § 1001- False statements to a federal agency,
announced United States Attorney Edward L Stanton, III; Kevin G. McCarthy, Federal Security Director,
Transportation Security Administration, Memphis International Airport; and Chad Beasley, Chief of Public Safety, Memphis International Airport Police Department.

German, a former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee, stole a laptop computer during the course of his official duties as a security screener. German was confronted by TSA officials after the theft and provided officials with false information concerning the theft. German will appear before United States District Court Chief Judge Jon P. McCalla for sentencing on January 5, 2012.

United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III stated: “ When federal employees violate the public trust,
the law and their duties, our office will aggressively prosecute these individuals. The guilty verdict in this
case should send a strong message to the citizens of the Western District of Tennessee and especially to
federal employees that justice applies to everyone.”

"TSA holds its security officers to the highest professional and ethical standards," said TSA Federal
Security Director Kevin McCarthy. "Allegations of misconduct are aggressively investigated and swift
action is taken to end the federal careers of offenders. The action of one individual in no way reflects on
the outstanding job our more than 50,000 security officers do every day to ensure the security of the
traveling public."

"This case is a testimony to the hard work, partnerships, and constant professionalism between the
Airport Police and other agencies. This was truly a collaborative effort.” stated Chief Chad Beasley.
This case was investigated by the Transportation Security Administration Office of Law Enforcement,
the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General and the Memphis International
Airport Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan
Skrmetti on behalf of the government.

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