Former OPM Worker Gets Two-Year Probation for Family Business Contracts

Former OPM Worker

Sheron Spann, a former employee of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), has received a two-year probation sentence and a fine of over $10,000 for her involvement in steering contracts worth more than $10 million to businesses connected to herself and her husband. Spann, who resigned from her position at the OPM in March, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of taking actions that impacted her personal financial interests in May.

These actions occurred over a period of 12 years, according to court records. Prosecutors had requested a probationary sentence, emphasizing the importance of impartiality among government officials to maintain the proper functioning of the government. Federal sentencing guidelines suggested a jail sentence ranging from zero to six months, with eligibility for probation.

Spann’s husband, Thomas Spann III, is the co-founder of Enlightened Inc., a cybersecurity and consulting firm. This company was awarded several contracts by the OPM, starting in 2011, with Sheron Spann acting as the point of contact for OPM. Additionally, the Spanns benefited from Enlightened’s contract with consulting firm Tier 1 LLC from March 2012 to April 2017.

The sentencing underscores the significance of ethical conduct among government officials and the potential legal consequences for conflicts of interest. Sheron Spann’s actions were seen as undermining the impartiality and integrity of government processes, prompting the court to impose probation and a fine.

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