Former TSA Employee Charged with Stealing Laptop Computers Lost at Newark Airport
A Bayonne, New Jersey woman surrendered today to face charges that she stole laptops from a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lost and found facility and made false statements to effectuate her thefts, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Jennifer Steplight, 40, is charged by Complaint with one count of embezzlement by a government employee and one count of false statements, and is scheduled to make an initial appearance this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz in Newark federal court.
Steplight was employed by TSA as a Master Transportation Security Officer-Coordination Center Officer and was responsible for maintaining records for the TSA lost and found facility that services Newark Liberty International Airport. From December 2009 through January 2010, Steplight stole four laptop computers from the lost and found facility and entered false information into TSA claim forms and inventory records to conceal her thefts.
If convicted, Steplight faces a maximum potential penalty of one year in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000 on the embezzlement charge, and a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 on the false statement charge.