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NLRB and U.N. worker heads to the slammer

The United Nations headquarters building in New York. (Osamu Honda/Associated Press)

Armstrong, sentenced Friday to 18 months in federal prison for his fraudulent endeavors, managed to snag a job in 2008 as the U.N. assistant chief of the Security and Safety Service, “responsible for all physical security at U.N. facilities,” the Justice Department said. That paid about $160,000 a year.

Then in February 2009, after almost a year at the United Nations, he got a second job here at the NLRB as a chief of security within the division of administration. That paid about $121,000. (That’s some serious double-dipping.)

Armstrong somehow “dissuaded” NLRB officials from contacting his U.N. supervisor and filed for medical leave at the United Nations even though he was working at the NLRB, the Justice Department said.

Between April and September 2009, Armstrong picked up more than $100,000 “working” both jobs before he was discovered.

Some people are under-employed, some are employed, some are over-employed. Well, at least he should be able to put his knowledge of security to good use in his new, secure location.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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