High Ranking TSA Official Arrested
A high-ranking official of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been arrested on charges related to her alleged involvement in the exploitation of a family member with dementia.
Maxine McManaman, who serves as the assistant federal security director of TSA, was taken into custody by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on December 28th at the Atlanta airport. She was arrested on a warrant from Port St. Lucie, Florida, where she is accused of forgery, a third-degree felony, according to a Facebook post by the Port St. Lucie Police Department.
The incident that led to McManaman's arrest began in April when police received a call reporting elder abuse. The incident report, which had been heavily redacted, alleges that McManaman had prepared a fraudulent quitclaim deed for the family's home. The document, which is used to transfer a claim on a property from one party to another, was dated December 5th, 2022, and listed Maxine McManaman and her father, Delroy Chambers Sr., as the grantee. The quitclaim had deliberately left out the Jr. or Sr. designation, implying that the father and daughter were the sole recipients of the property.
However, further investigation revealed that McManaman's brother, Delroy Chambers Jr., was the one appointed with power of attorney by their ailing mother. This fact was omitted from the quitclaim deed, which led to suspicion of forgery and fraud. Police determined that Chambers Jr. could not have signed the document and confirmed that McManaman and her father, Delroy Chambers Sr., had falsified the quitclaim deed. In a statement to the media, Port St. Lucie Police said that Chambers Sr. had also been arrested on December 20th on charges related to exploitation of an elderly or disabled adult, forgery, and simple neglect of an elderly or disabled adult.
According to media reports, Chambers Sr. has denied these allegations, claiming it is a "family thing." However, his daughter, McManaman, is currently being held at the Clayton County Jail in Georgia and awaiting extradition to Port St. Lucie. The probable cause statement, which was also heavily redacted, revealed that McManaman has denied the charges and has accused her brother of making these allegations multiple times.
The TSA has responded to McManaman's arrest, stating that they are aware of the incident and that she is on leave pending further law enforcement action. In a statement, the agency reaffirmed its commitment to uphold the highest professional and ethical standards and to hold all employees accountable for their actions, both on and off-duty.
This is not the first time the TSA has faced scrutiny over the conduct of its employees. In the past, there have been reported incidents of theft, misconduct, and use of illegal drugs by TSA officials. In response to these incidents, TSA has implemented strict hiring procedures and conducts regular background checks on its employees to maintain the integrity of the agency.
Meanwhile, we await further updates on the case, as McManaman faces potential charges of forgery, a third-degree felony in Florida. The charges she faces are serious, and if found guilty, she could face prison time and tarnish her career as a high-ranking official at the TSA.
This incident also raises questions about the protection and care provided to elderly and vulnerable adults. The exploitation of the elderly by family members is a sad reality that must be addressed, and this case serves as a reminder to be vigilant and aware of the signs of abuse. Additionally, it highlights the importance of proper legal documentation and safeguarding assets in cases of dementia or other illnesses that may impair an individual's decision-making abilities.
As the investigation continues, we hope that justice will be served for the victim and that necessary measures will be taken to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. The TSA has committed to upholding the highest ethical standards, and we trust that they will take appropriate action in this case to maintain the public's trust in the agency.