Sam Brinton, one of the federal government's first gender-fluid officials, has been placed on leave from their position as deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste disposition at the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy after being accused of theft.
Another official has been named as their interim replacement.They are charged with felony theft, Insider reports. According to court documents, Brinton is accused of taking a Vera Bradley suitcase and its contents from baggage claim at the Minneapolis-St.
Paul airport September 16. The suitcase and its contents, belonging to a Minnesota woman, have a combined value of approximately $2,325.
The filings also say that surveillance video also shows them removing the identifying tags after grabbing the luggage and tucking them into a handbag they were carrying.