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Sam Brinton’s latest arrest involves alleged theft of Tanzanian fashion designer’s clothes, lawyer says

  • May 20, 2023

Former senior Department of Energy (DOE) official Sam Brinton’s latest arrest this week involves his alleged theft of a Tanzanian fashion designer‘s baggage in 2018, according to the designer’s lawyer.

Peter Hansen, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney representing Tanzanian fashion designer Asya Khamsin, said police executed a search warrant at Brinton’s Maryland residence Wednesday using information he shared with them. Khamsin has accused Brinton of wearing her custom designs that were packed in a luggage she reported missing in 2018 at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.

“On March 9, 2018, her luggage was stolen from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport,” Hansen told Fox News Digital in a statement. “In her bag were more than a dozen bespoke articles of clothing that she had designed, along with a number of other valuable items for her business.”

“Asya Khamsin’s business was seriously damaged by this loss, which remained a mystery until she was recently alerted to photos of Sam Brinton wearing articles from her lost luggage. She thereafter contacted the authorities,” he continued.


Sam Brinton

Sam Brinton speaks onstage during an event in New York City in 2018. Brinton allegedly wore clothes created by Tanzanian fashion designer Asya Khamsin and which were packed in a bag she reported missing months earlier. (Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The Trevor Project)

Officers with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Police and Montgomery County Police Department ultimately arrested Brinton on Wednesday evening after an hourlong search of the embattled former federal official’s home. Brinton is facing grand larceny charges in relation to the case.

A spokesperson for the MWAA Police, the lead law enforcement agency for both Washington, D.C., area airports, confirmed Thursday that the arrest was related to a baggage theft

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