Augusta, GA (WJBF) – A former National Security Agency (NSA) subcontractor from Augusta has pleaded guilty to charges that he filed falsified time sheets.
Jesse James Anderson, 34, entered the plea last week to an information charging him with making false statements. The false statements concerned the number of hours he worked for a NSA subcontractor.
According to evidence presented during the guilty plea hearing, Anderson worked as a linguist for an NSA subcontractor from February 1, 2012 to January 31, 2014. During this time, Anderson reportedly submitted numerous time sheets falsely stating the number of hours he had worked. In total, Anderson claimed he worked 736.25 more hours than he actually did, which caused the United States to pay out $69,276.55 more than was actually owed.
“False claims submitted to the United States for payments not owed is theft and should be punished to the full extent of the law,” said United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver. “Protecting taxpayer money is a top priority for this United States Attorney’s Office.”
Anderson faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. In addition, the Court can order Anderson to pay restitution in the amount of $69,276.55.
NSA Office of Inspector General Investigator Kristen M. McGrath conducted the investigation which led to the information and plea. Assistant United States Attorney C. Troy Clark is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.