TSA training instructor accused of bribery

A Transportation Security Administration training instructor at Philadelphia International Airport has been charged with accepting a $200 bribe from another employee.

Shannon Gilliam, 29, of Sharon Hill, administered mandatory screening proficiency tests to transportation security officers (TSO) who handle passenger and baggage screening at the airport, federal prosecutors said. TSOs had to receive passing grades on the annual, mandatory exams to retain their employment.

Between August and October 2011, prosecutors said, Gilliam asked for and accepted a $200 bribe from a TSO in exchange for a passing grade by taking the exam for the employee.

If convicted, Gilliam faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release.

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