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For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, VI – United States Attorney Delia L. Smith announced today that Cleon Otto 35, of St. Thomas, was sentenced by Chief District Court Judge Robert A. Molloy to 12 months of probation on his conviction of creating a false authentication document. Molloy also ordered that Otto pay a $1,000.00 fine, a $25 special assessment and restitution in the amount of $1,162.20.

According to court documents, on July 9, 2021, Otto was an employee of the Transportation Safety Administration and a member of the Virgin Islands National Guard. In his capacity as a TSA officer, Otto produced a false document by placing the electronically generated signature of another employee to authorize his paid military leave request. Otto later submitted the fraudulently approved document and received compensation in the amount of $1,162.20.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard E. Potter.

Updated May 5, 2023

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