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Former FHWA Employee Pleads Guilty to $25,000 Theft for Misuse of Government Travel Card

On November 9, a former FHWA human resources assistant, Nickeisha C. Hamilton, pled guilty to a felony theft charge in Maryland Circuit Court. She was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to repay $25,949 in personal purchases charged to her government travel card. While employed at FHWA in Washington, DC between January 2000 and November 2001, Hamilton used her travel card for a variety of personal purchases, including nail salon visits, cellular telephone services, and cable television for her residence and cash advances. The OIG investigated the fraud during a 2003 OIG audit of DOT employee travel cards. Hamilton resigned from the FHWA in January 2002.