A Tanzanian fashion designer has finally been reunited with clothes allegedly stolen from her in 2018 by Sam Brinton, the former Department of Energy official with a penchant for stealing women’s suitcases at airports.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department on Wednesday confirmed the development, which was first reported by Fox News.
“The MWAA Police Department can confirm that we returned the victim’s property and that police retained photographs of the evidence for processing. The case is still under sentencing and we cannot disclose more detailed information,” a spokesperson said.
Brinton, a former nuclear official, was charged with grand theft in February for allegedly taking designer Asya Khamsin’s luggage from Ronald Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, after photos surfaced showing them wearing a unique, brightly colored dress. such had been the case.
Khamsin, who spoke to The Post about the luggage theft earlier this year, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but his attorney issued a scathing statement noting that the returned clothing was “neither immediately wearable nor salable, as a result of your use of them.”
Attorneys Peter Hansen and Ben Akech said their client last week filed a lawsuit against Brinton, who is nonbinary and uses “they/them” pronouns, seeking reimbursement for “the stolen items, the major business damage caused to her the theft and public subordination of their trademark to Mr. Brinton’s personal brand,” he continued.
“Sir. Brinton’s robbery wrongly put Asyakhamsin [sic] in a bind. “She could watch her stolen designs being used and celebrated without attribution, or she could report the wrongful taking, but then see her and her work publicly linked to Mr. Brinton without her consent,” the lawyers continued, referring repeatedly. to Brinton as a man.
Sam Brinton is seen wearing a dress allegedly stolen from Asya Khamsin at the UNA-US Global Engagement Summit. 2019 at UN Headquarters.Europa Newswire/Shutterstock
Brinton was fired last year after being caught red-handed in a series of other luggage thefts.
They were also jailed in Virginia for about two weeks in connection with the Khamsin robbery before being released on bond ahead of a preliminary hearing in December.
The former deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste at the Office of Nuclear Energy allegedly snatched another woman’s suitcase during a taxpayer-funded trip to Las Vegas last July, according to documents reviewed by The Post.
Asya Khamsin had embarrassed the suspect by posting a photo of herself in a unique dress. Asya Khamsin
Brinton ultimately pleaded no contest to that incident and was sentenced to a 180-day suspended jail sentence and had to undergo a mental health evaluation and pay $3,670.74 in restitution.
Two months later, the former Biden administration official allegedly stole a $2,325 designer suitcase from the Minneapolis-St. Luggage claim at Paul Airport and was later seen wearing it on two different occasions.
Brinton, who is in his 30s, initially denied stealing the suitcase from police officers but later claimed they had it in their possession after taking it by mistake.
Brinton had admitted to stealing two other women’s suitcases at airports. A hearing in the Khamsin case is scheduled for December.8NewsNow.com
To resolve that case, Brinton agreed to participate in an adult diversion program for first-time nonviolent offenders and undergo a mental health evaluation, write a letter of apology to the victim, return any stolen property and perform three days of service. community.
In February, Khamsin revealed how she had to cancel a fashion show after her bag containing 30 original custom-made pieces was stolen from the airport, only to see Brinton wear the dresses to public events.
“I was thinking, ‘Who took my bag? Where is the? ‘ for a long time. Then I see images of the outfits. [being worn by Brinton] and I was very confused and upset,” said Khamsin, who divides her time between Houston and Tanzania.
Brinton was jailed in Virginia for about two weeks in connection with the Khamsin robbery before being released on bond.LVMPD
“I don’t know if I would like the clothes back,” he said at the time.
“The investigation is in good hands with the FBI. “I am waiting for you, you will do the right thing.”