Feds: NASA Worker Boosted Shuttle Souvenirs

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Feds: NASA Worker Boosted Shuttle Souvenirs

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April 24--A NASA employee was arrested today and charged with stealing debris from the Columbia space shuttle. Michael Pankiewicz, who worked as a quality assurance specialist at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, was one of many NASA employees entrusted with searching for and collecting pieces that fell to earth following the Columbia's February 1 explosion. According to the below federal indictment, the 44-year-old Pankiewicz swiped debris--which prosecutors did not describe, but valued in excess of $5000--that he recovered in eastern Texas. Pankiewicz has been charged with embezzlement, transporting stolen goods, and making false statements to NASA investigators. (4 pages)

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