Former Background Investigator for Federal Government, Lucia Rose DiEmidio Pleads Guilty to Making a False Statement
WASHINGTON (STL.News) Lucia Rose DiEmidio, 28, a former background investigator who did work under contract for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), pled guilty today to a charge stemming from her falsification of work on background investigations of federal employees and contractors, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips.
DiEmidio, of Bohemia, New York, pled guilty in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to making a false statement. The Honorable Trevor N. McFadden scheduled sentencing for June 1, 2021. The charge carries a statutory penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
According to the government’s evidence, DiEmidio was employed by a private contractor that had a contract to supply background investigations on behalf of OPM’s Federal Investigative Services, which subsequently became known as OPM’s National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB). DiEmidio admitted that, between approximately March 2017 and August 2017, she submitted Reports of Investigation for background investigations in which she falsely represented, about 26 times, that she had interviewed a source or reviewed a record regarding the subject of the background investigation.