Friday, July 29, 2005

DOE Investigates Ex-Sandia Lab Worker

By T.J. Wilham
Journal Staff Writer

A trio of iPods, laptop computers for the kids, a robotic dog to show off to family and computer equipment to sell on eBay were all paid for with tax dollars. Now, they have landed a former Sandia National Laboratories technician in hot water.

Federal agents recently served a search warrant at Peter Micono's Northeast Heights home looking for the items that the employee is accused of purchasing with a Sandia account.

Micono has not been charged with a crime.

When some of the purchases were made, Micono was on an eight-month leave of absence due to medical reasons, the search warrant states.

Micono was terminated in October when he didn't return to work, according to the warrant.

The investigation, which was conducted by the Department of Energy, has been submitted to the U.S. Attorney's Office.


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Comments:
Where is CCNS? Why no quotes from POGO? Why isn't a congressional subcommitte or two involved? This hasn't shown up on CNN, either. I smell a coverup conspiracy on the part of the press and activists to destroy the reputation of LANL and leave Sandia alone.

Maybe this whole distorted press coverage thing for the past few years has been an orchestrated, well-funded conspiracy by Big Corporate America to take over LANL so it can turn it into yet another defense contractor dollar mill. Maybe this is where CCNS, LASG, and POGO have been getting their money. There should be an investigative reporter looking into this. Or, maybe they're all on the LockMart payroll too.
 
Pay attention: Anonymous : 7/29/2005 02:03:54 PM

Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean that they are NOT out to get you.

Do not ever underestimate the lack of integrity of the media.
 
What seems to be interesting here is how long it took for Sandia to catch up with this former employee! Didn't anybody review his purchase card procurements?

At LANL, we were always required to review each purchase card holder's procurements on a monthly basis. Of course, most of us did so, but there were some in upper management who did NOT do so and got away with it until the feces hit the fan about two years ago. Didn't anybody at Sandia read the newspapers about this?
 
The Director gets to keep the hot-rod Mustang!
 
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