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Grand jury indicts Alex Maestas for theft

By Carol A. Clark

Following a lengthy FBI investigation, a U.S. District Court grand jury Thursday indicted former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee Alex Maestas.

According to court documents, Maestas is facing two Level 4 offenses. Count one references the theft of government property and count two involves the theft of nuclear material.

Last March LANL’s multiple layers of security at the Plutonium Processing Facility at Technical Area 55 where Maestas worked stopped the alleged theft.

He reportedly worked at the laboratory for more than 20 years and according to reports attempted to pilfer gold out of the plutonium facility undetected.

He was caught carrying an estimated $2,000 worth of the gold shavings in a plastic sandwich bag concealed inside his clutched fist.

It’s not yet clear where the count of stealing nuclear material comes into play other than the fact that the gold did contain a small amount of radioactive material, according to LANL.

This morning LANL Communication’s  Office Director Jeff Berger provided a recap of the incident in the interest of ensuring accuracy, he said.


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