DEVELOPING STORY: One of the Biden administration’s most high-profile diversity hires is facing felony charges after he was caught stealing a woman’s luggage at Minneapolis St. Paul Airport.
Sam Brinton, a senior Energy Department official, was charged in September, shortly before quietly taking a leave of absence. There was absolutely no national news media coverage about his arrest.
Brinton, who claims to be non-binary, is accused of taking a Vera Bradley suitcase worth more than $2,500 from a luggage carousel at the airport.
Officers reviewed video surveillance of the carousel and identified Brinton taking the luggage before removing its tag identifying the owner, Fox News reported.
The diversity hire initially denied that he had taken anything.
“If I had taken the wrong bag, I am happy to return it, but I don’t have any clothes for another individual,” Brinton told the officer. “That was my clothes when I opened the bag.”
Two hours after the phone call, Brinton called the officer back and apologized for not being “completely honest.” But Brinton said it was a mistake and blamed being tired for taking the wrong bag at the carousel.
“DEFENDANT said when they opened the bag at the hotel, they realized it was not theirs,” the court filings stated. “DEFENDANT got nervous people would think they stole the bag and did not know what to do. DEFENDANT stated they left the clothes from the bag inside the drawers in the hotel room.”Fox News
If convicted, Brinton could face up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
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