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FAA worker admits theft from agency

A 34-year-old Landover woman who worked for the Federal Aviation Administration admitted in federal court Monday that she stole more than $123,000 from the agency by using her government credit card for personal purchases.

Keysha Logan pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt to embezzling more than $1,000 in U.S. government property. Between 2007 and the fall of 2010, Logan, who worked in the FAA's office of the comptroller, bought gift cards on her government credit card. She then approved the gift card purchases, but used the gift cards for her own private use.

In one instance, court records say, Logan on Jan. 23 used the agency MasterCard at Home Depot, buying a $200 American Express gift card and three $100 Visa gift cards. She then used the FAA computer system to approve the charge.

On Sept. 1, the records state, Logan was interviewed by law enforcement agents and admitted to making unauthorized charges.

Logan, who is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 3, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  | September 27, 2010; 4:34 PM ET
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Doesn't ANYBODY verify the purchases these government employees make with their government credit cards? This is outrageous. This went on for THREE YEARS!!

Billions of tax dollars owed by FEDERAL employees who don't file tax returns and now likely millions more being embezzled on a daily basis.

Why isn't this front page? You can bet that Mz Logan is just one of many taking advantage of her government issued credit card. Maybe WaPo should do an investigative piece on that and a followup on what Mr. Obama, Congress, OPM, and the IRS plan on doing to get their deadbeat Federal employees to pay up the back taxes they owe. I don't think I'll bother paying my 4th quarter estimate. Why should I?

Posted by: Nghbrhdwatch | September 28, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

@ Special_One40...how VERY IGNORANT of you. So I guess all the OTHER people who embezzle money from their companies are hood rats too, huh?

LOL...For some people IGNORANCE is BLISS...glad you're enjoying it.

Posted by: Ms511 | September 28, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

So can we assume that there's a "JOB OPENING" at the FFA in the office of the Comptroller ??

Posted by: Raidersfan2 | September 28, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

What was her position that she even needed a credit card in the agency's name?
Was $123,000 "normal" activity for an agency card?
How did this NOT raise red flags?
This is an example of why I oppose tax increases. Obviously, federal agencies have no concept of financial controls.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | September 28, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

@ Big Daddy651, she was doing this over a period of the last 3 years, so I think the $123K was accumulated over that time. It comes out to about a little over $3000 a month. Assuming there are reconciliations done on the credit card on a monthly basis, I could see how this could be missed.

Whoever was doing these reconciliations should be disciplined for not paying attention to detail.

Posted by: Ms511 | September 28, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Ms511,
I have a corporate card with my position and if I submitted anything in that amount of expenses on a monthly basis I'd have A LOT of explaining to do.
That's the difference between private industry and the federal government.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | September 28, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

This is just the tip of the iceberg in regards to abuse of the credit card system within the FAA.

I am in agreement that someone should be investigating the FAA, and it should start first with the office of the comptroller that Ms. Logan used to be employed. There could be others with questionable charges on their credit cards.

Posted by: augustperidot | September 30, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

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