SEATTLE - A former supervisor for the federal Transportation Security
Administration has pleaded guilty to stealing $20,000 worth of
jewelry and other items from checked luggage at Seattle-Tacoma
The U.S. Attorney's office in Seattle says 50-year-old Randy
Pepper entered the plea Monday at U.S. District Court in
Pepper was fired in July 2009 after another TSA worker saw him
removing items from checked luggage. Surveillance video confirmed
it, and investigators discovered Pepper had pawned the items.
Prosecutors say they included gold diamond rings and sterling
silver necklaces and earrings.
Pepper faces up to a decade in prison and a $250,000 fine when
he's sentenced in November, but he is expected to face a guideline
range of closer to six months to one year in prison.