Maxine McManaman, the assistant federal security director of the TSA, was apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection upon her arrival at the Atlanta airport on December 28th. The arrest was made in connection with charges of exploiting an elderly man with dementia. The Port St. Lucie police, who issued the warrant, announced the arrest through a Facebook post.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Atlanta detained Maxine McManaman, the Assistant Federal Security Director of Transportation Security Administration (TSA), after arriving from an international flight on December 28th, 2023. She was later arrested on a PSLPD arrest warrant for one count of Forgery, a third-degree felony. She is currently detained at the Clayton County Jail in Georgia awaiting extradition to St. Lucie County,” the post said.
“The investigation began in April of 2023 and involved the exploitation of a family member with dementia. The investigation determined that on December 5, 2022, a quitclaim deed was prepared by Maxine McManaman and stated that the Grantor was listing Maxine McManaman and Delroy Chambers as the Grantee. There were two signatures on the back of the document both listed as Grantor. One was Maxine McManaman’s with letters “POA” in front and the other was Delroy Chambers. It was determined that the Grantor could not have signed the document on the date specified, since the Grantor was determined to be in Atlanta, GA on that date. Maxine McManaman and Delroy Chambers, Sr. were determined to have both falsified the quitclaim deed,” they said.
“Delroy Chambers, Sr. was previously arrested in Port St. Lucie on December 20th, 2023, in relation to this case on 2 counts of Exploitation of an Elderly or Disabled Adult – $50,000 or More, 2 counts of Forgery, and Simple Neglect of an Elderly or Disabled Adult and has since bonded out of the St. Lucie County Jail,” the Port St. Lucie police said.
The TSA has acknowledged that it is aware of McManaman’s arrest, which is unrelated to her work, and she is currently on leave while the investigation is ongoing.
“TSA holds its employees to the highest professional and ethical standards and has no tolerance for misconduct on or off-duty. Any employee who fails to meet our fundamental ethical standards is held accountable,” a spokesperson for the TSA said Friday.
It is not the initial occurrence where a member of the Biden administration has faced legal trouble at an airport resulting in an arrest. In April, Sam Brinton, a nonbinary individual who previously held a senior position in the Biden Department of Energy, received their verdict after pleading no contest to theft charges. According to Fox News, they were instructed to compensate the victim for the stolen amount of $3,670.74, along with a $500 fine that encompassed court expenses.
However, they managed to avoid imprisonment as Judge Ann Zimmerman imposed a 180-day suspended sentence and instructed them to refrain from engaging in any further unlawful activities.
“In early December, Las Vegas prosecutors charged Brinton with grand larceny of an item valued between $1,200 and $5,000. Police accused Brinton of stealing a suitcase with a total estimated worth of $3,670 on July 6 at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas. The bag contained jewelry valued at $1,700, clothing worth $850, and makeup valued at $500.”
Fox News reported: “A Las Vegas detective wrote in a police report related to the incident that a woman traveling from Washington, D.C., to Las Vegas on July 6 reported one of her checked bags missing shortly after the incident. Police then reviewed security camera footage and observed a white male adult wearing a white T-shirt with a large rainbow-colored atomic nuclear symbol design removing baggage that matched the victim’s description of her missing bag before quickly exiting the airport. However, following a brief investigation, detectives closed the case after they were unable to identify the suspect.”
According to the New York Post, in January 2022, Brinton was issued a felony arrest warrant following allegations of him stealing a woman’s luggage at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.