DENVER—Terrance Lee King, age 20, of Denver, Colorado, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver for making a false statement on a Denver International Airport on an application for a Denver International Airport security badge, U.S. Attorney John Walsh and FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge James Yacone announced today. The indictment was returned on August 6, 2012. King was in custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections at the time he was indicted. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Denver last Friday, August 24, for an initial appearance. He is due back in court on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix for an arraignment and detention hearing.
According to the indictment, on February 22, 2012, King knowingly and willfully made a material false writing. Specifically, on the Fingerprinting and Badging Application, Denver International Airport, King checked “No” affirming “I have not been convicted...of any of the criminal offenses listed in Section 2 (Disqualifying Criminal Offenses Checklist) within the time period applicable to the Airport ID badge I am applying for with this application.” He made a false writing to obtain a job that would include access to secure areas of the airport. The false writing involved the fact that he knew he had been convicted of unlawful possession, use, sale, distribution, or manufacture of an explosive or weapon and a felony involving the illegal possession of a controlled substance. There is no indication the defendant had ulterior terrorist motives.
“The security of sensitive areas of Denver International Airport is essential to public safety and merits our particular attention to cases of lying on security applications—for whatever reason,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh.
“Providing false information in an attempt to gain access to secure areas of our airports will not be tolerated,” said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge James Yacone.
If convicted of making a false statement, King faces not more than five years in federal prison and a fine of not more than $250,000.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Denver Police Department.
King is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Mackey.
The charges contained in the indictment are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.