Former DOT Employee Sentenced for Theft of Government Property
On March 19, 2014, Siron Weaver, a former Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of Inspector General (OIG) employee, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Greenbelt, Maryland, to 5 years of probation, 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay $30,653 for theft of government property.
In June 2012, sixty OIG computers were discovered missing following an inventory of OIG accountable personal property. As part of our investigation, we conducted an analysis of employees who had access to the OIG Information Technology (IT) storage room and computer cages. We found that from September 13, 2012, to March 28, 2013, Weaver, part of OIG’s Information Technology infrastructure unit, accessed the computer storage cages 35 times even though his duties did not require him to do so. During our investigation, we located an individual who identified Weaver as the individual who sold him an OIG laptop for $200.
On June 3, 2013, Weaver was arrested and entered into an agreement to cooperate with the government. Weaver admitted to taking approximately twenty computers, five that were new; the rest were to be disposed of in accordance with DOT policy. The purchase price for each of the approximately 60 missing computers was between $1,279 and $1,961.