Joe Biden’s “openly genderfluid” appointee to the Department of Energy (DOE), Sam Brinton, was fired Monday following two separate accusations of luggage theft at different airports.
In a vague statement to the Daily Signal, a spokesperson for the DOE said, “Sam Brinton is no longer a DOE employee. By law, the Department of Energy cannot comment further on personnel matters.”
Brinton was reportedly terminated from the DOE following a felony charge he received last month for allegedly stealing a woman’s Vera Bradley luggage at the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport on September 16.
In that incident, a woman from New Orleans reported her Vera Bradley suitcase missing from baggage claim upon arrival at MSP. In surveillance footage reviewed by law enforcement, Brinton is seen removing the bag from the baggage carrousel before removing the luggage tag, which he then placed into a handbag he was carrying, and quickly leaving baggage claim with the missing bag. Also, noted in the criminal complaint stemming from the incident, Brinton did not check a bag which means he had no reason to be in the baggage claim area.
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The female victim estimated the bag was worth $2,325. After leaving the airport, Brinton took an Uber to a hotel, where he checked in with the stolen bag. He later returned to the airport with the same bag on September 18 when he departed for Washington, DC. Hours after being interviewed by law enforcement, Brinton called the investigating officer to say that he had not been “completely honest” and admitted to having the bag in his possession because he had mistakenly grabbed the wrong bag and then “got nervous” once he arrived at his hotel room and allegedly realized the bag was not his.
Another accusation of luggage theft was brought against Brinton last week when he stole a woman’s luggage at the Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas on Thursday. A felony warrant was issued following the second incident. Records showed that the warrant was issued for a charge of grand larceny with a value between $1,200 and $5,000.
The Biden administration had been fairly quiet about Brinton regarding the first accusation saying at the time only that he had been placed on leave.
In addition to losing his position with the DOE, Brinton could also face up to 5 years in prison for the baggage thefts.