Former special agent sentenced for faking background check

A former special agent with the Office of Personnel Management was sentenced to four months in jail Thursday for faking work on background investigations of potential federal employees.

Catherine G. Webb pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement in April 2011.

In her plea, the 48-year-old Illinois resident admitted to faking work on background investigations. In more than a dozen cases, she said she had interviewed someone or reviewed a record when she hadn’t done so. Agencies rely on background investigations to determine whether a candidates were suitable for positions in which they had access to classified documents or would receive security clearances, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

The personnel management office had to reopen numerous background investigations, the attorney’s office said, additional work that cost it more than $70,000. Webb agreed to pay that amount in restitution.

She was sentenced to 150 days of home detention following her jail time and has to perform 50 hours of community service.