I have obtained my top secret clearance. On my security paperwork for my clearance I left out that I was fired from a job for stealing more than $500 worth of merchandise. And I left that off the security clearance paperwork. How much trouble can I get in if they find out the truth??
I’m just curious, was this job under the table, or did you actually get w2’s, paid taxes on it…
From the SF86 that you signed:
The US Criminal Code title 18 section 1001 provides that knowingly falsifying or concealing a material fact is a felony which may result in fines and/or up to 5 years imprisonment. In addition, Federal agencies generally fire, do not grant a security clearance, or disqualify individuals who have materially and deliberately falsified these forms, and this remains a part of the permanent record for future placements. … I understand that if I withhold, misrepresent, or falsify, information on this form, I am subject to the penalties for inaccurate or false statement per US criminal code title 18 section 1001 denial or revocation of a security clearance, and/or removal and debarment from Federal Service.
You could lose your clearance and thereby lose that job. While I understand the urge to want to hide past indiscretions, it’s always better to be honest about these things. Were I in your position I’d reach out and fess up. You might keep the clearance and the job but it will go way worse if they find out on their own.
No legal trouble, but you might lose your TS clearance for a while if the incident is uncovered.
Im Active Army 35N. Yes i get a w2.
I was referring to the job that you were fired from.
Was it under the table?
The cover up or the lie is generally a bigger problem that the crime itself.
Had you disclosed that, you probably would have been fine…
How long was this job firing? 5? 10? 15 years ago?