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THREE FORMER TSA MAINTENANCE WORKERS PLEAD GUILTY TO THEFT OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY; SEA-TAC WORKERS STOLE ITEMS CONFISCATED FROM TRAVELERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2005

Three Pierce County men have pleaded guilty to Theft of Government Property. All three are former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) maintenance workers who admitted they stole items that had been confiscated from airline passengers. MARVIN K. LYONS, 63, of Puyallup; DARRYL PRICE, 23, of Lakewood; and ERNEST J. HOGAN, 44, of Tacoma, have all entered guilty pleas to the misdemeanor charges in U.S. District Court in Seattle. LYONS entered his guilty plea today in front of Magistrate Judge Mary Alice Theiler.

According to the plea agreements, all three men worked out of a maintenance area at Sea-Tac where items that were confiscated from passengers were stored. TSA confiscates prohibited items such as tools, knives, and other potentially dangerous objects during pre-flight screening. Once seized, the prohibited items become the property of the United States government. PRICE and HOGAN each admit stealing hundreds of high value items such as knives and Leatherman tools. Some of the items stolen by PRICE were sold on E-Bay. LYONS admits to stealing primarily tools. All three men were fired by TSA.

On September 16, 2005, PRICE was sentenced to two years' probation. HOGAN will be sentenced December 16, 2005, at 10:00 AM by Magistrate Theiler. LYONS will be sentenced on December 15, 2005. at 10 AM also by Magistrate Theiler.

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS-OIG), with assistance from the Port of Seattle Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Dion. For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington, at (206) 553-4110.

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