On Thursday, Sam Brinton, the non-binary senior Energy Department (DOE) official, was charged with grand larceny for stealing ANOTHER suitcase after previously being charged with a similar crime three months ago.
According to court records, a felony warrant has been issued for Brinton stealing more luggage at a Las Vegas airport. Brinton, one of the federal government’s first gender non-binary officials, allegedly took an expensive Vera Bradley suitcase worth $2,325 from the luggage carousel three months ago. The court documents claim there is surveillance evidence of Brinton removing the owner’s tag.
This new case has been valued between $1,200 and $5,000, worthy of a felony charge. Grand larceny is described as a category B felony in the state of Nevada. Punishments can be up to ten years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
The Biden administration is refusing to comment on whether they are still paying Brinton after they were charged with over $2000 worth of luggage. The DOE announced Brinton’s leave saying, “Sam Brinton is on leave from DOE, and Dr. Kim Petry is performing the duties of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition,” a spokesperson told Fox News.
Brinton’s statements surrounding the first incident were shocking, they initially denied taking the luggage but later admitted to having it.
“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 police. “That was my clothes when I opened the bag.”
The story in the court filings is far from Brinton’s initial statement to the police. Evidence in court statements shows multiple deliberate acts the DOE employee did to cover their tracks.
“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.”
In light of this news, 16 Republican lawmakers, headlined by Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia sent a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm calling for Brinton’s removal from the department.
“We demand the resignation of Sam Brinton, and we implore you to set aside petty politics and appoint only the most qualified and dedicated individuals to influence America’s energy sector,” they wrote.
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