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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Georgia

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Former NSA Subcontractor Pleads Guilty To Making False Statements

AUGUSTA, GA:  Allison Michelle Waddell, 33, of Beech Island, South Carolina pled guilty last week to information charging her with making false statements, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001.  The false statements concerned the number of hours she worked for a National Security Agency (“NSA”) subcontractor.  In total, Waddell claimed she worked almost 750 more hours than she actually did, which caused the government to pay out $60,000 more than was actually owed.

According to the evidence presented during the guilty plea hearing, Waddell worked as an analytic reporter for an NSA subcontractor from August 2009 through October 2010 and again from October 2011 to September 2012.  During those time periods, Waddell submitted numerous timesheets falsely stating the number of hours she had worked.

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said, “False claims submitted to our United States Government for payments not owed is theft and should be punished to the full extent of the law.  Americans cannot afford, and can no longer turn a blind eye to, this type of corruption.  The number one priority of the United States Attorney’s Office is the protection of the American people.” 

Waddell faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine.  In addition, the Court can order Waddell to pay full restitution.  As part of her plea agreement with the government, Waddell has already paid $10,000.00 toward restitution.

NSA Office of Inspector General Investigators Kristen M. McGrath and Robert L. Gaskill and Paul A. Tarnuzzer, an agent with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, conducted the investigation which led to the information and plea.  Assistant United States Attorney C. Troy Clark is the prosecutor in this case.  For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

Updated April 10, 2015