Former TSA Employee Sentenced on Fraud Conviction

A former St. Thomas TSA employee has been convicted and sentenced for creating a false authentication document, United States Attorney Delia L. Smith announced Thursday.

Cleon Otto, 35, was sentenced to 12 months of probation on his conviction and was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, a $25 special assessment and restitution in the amount of $1,162.20, according to the press release.

According to court documents, on July 9, 2021, Otto was an employee of the Transportation Safety Administration and a member of the Virgin Islands National Guard. In his capacity as a TSA officer, Otto produced a false document by placing the electronically generated signature of another employee to authorize his paid military leave request. Otto later submitted the fraudulently approved document and received compensation in the amount of $1,162.20.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard E. Potter.