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By Debra Roth

Q & A Session – Stealing Confidential Documents

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Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.

Q:

What is the penalty if a federal employee steals several confidential federal documents and shares them with other employees who do not have a legitimate need to know?

A:

This sounds to me like it could be grounds for removal, and, depending on the reason the documents are confidential, criminal penalties could be imposed.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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