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Brinton, a former high-ranking, non-binary official in Biden Energy Dept. arrested again

Authorities say Brinton was arrested Wednesday

Published: May 18, 2023 3:14pm

Updated: May 18, 2023 3:16pm

Former Energy Department official Sam Brinton – who was one of the highest-ranking, non-binary Biden administration workers – was arrested Wednesday night for reportedly being a "fugitive from justice," according to law enforcement officials.

Brinton's Washington career at the Energy Department, as a nuclear waste official, crashed after he was accused twice last year of stealing airport luggage, then found guilty in both incidents. 

He was not given jail time in either case.

According to official records reviewed by Fox News Digital, Brinton was taken into custody on Wednesday night at his home in Rockville, Md., in suburban Washington, D.C.

Authorities have not provided further details about the arrest. However, they said it was led by Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police, the lead law enforcement agency for both Washington, D.C., area airports, and that Brinton is being held on a no-bond status awaiting an extradition hearing.

Police charged Brinton in October 2022 with stealing a traveler's baggage worth $2,325 from the suitcase carousel at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport after flying in from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 16.

In December 2022, Las Vegas prosecutors charged Brinton in connection with the July 6 theft of a suitcase with a total estimated worth of $3,670 at Harry Reid International Airport, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Brinton faced up to 15 years total for the thefts. 

The Energy Department announced in December 2022 that Brinton had departed the agency but decline to further comment, Fox Digital also reports. 

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