Background investigator pleads guilty to falsified work

Agencies across the federal government rely mightily on thorough background checks to ensure they are staffed with high-quality employees. Background investigators have a very important job, indeed.

Hence, collective dismay across the federal community is likely to follow a Department of Justice release this week reporting that a former contract background investigator for the Office of Personnel Management has pled guilty of perpetrating “about” 26 false representations in her duties.

Lucia Rose DiEmidio, the erstwhile examiner, copped to multiple instances of falsely reporting that she “had interviewed a source or reviewed a record regarding the subject of the background investigation,” the release states. “In fact, DiEmidio had not conducted the interviews or obtained the records of interest.”

“These [falsified] reports were utilized and relied upon by the agencies requesting the background investigations,” the release continues, “to determine whether the subjects were suitable for positions having access to classified information, for positions impacting national security, for receiving or retaining security clearances, or for positions of public trust.”

DiEmidio, who reportedly resides in New York State, was contracted to work for OPM’s National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB). She made the plea in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and is scheduled for sentencing in June. Technically, she has pled to a single charge of making a false statement, which carries up to a $250,000 fine and five year prison term.

The DOJ notes that DiEmidio’s transgression took place over several months in 2017—and that since 2008, more than 30 other background investigators “have been convicted of charges.”

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