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Designer reunited with clothes allegedly stolen by ex-Biden official Sam Brinton
September 20, 2023
A Tanzanian fashion designer has finally been reunited with clothes that were allegedly swiped from her in 2018 by Sam Brinton, the ex-Department of Energy official with a penchant for stealing women’s suitcases from 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 we returned the victim’s property and police retained photos of the evidence for prosecution. The case is still under adjudication and we cannot release more detailed information,” a spokesperson said.
One-time nuclear official Brinton was charged with grand larceny in February for allegedly taking designer Asya Khamsin’s luggage from Arlington, Va.’s Ronald Reagan National Airport, after pictures emerged showing them wearing a brightly colored, one-of-a-kind frock that had been in the case.
Khamsin, who spoke to The Post about the luggage heist earlier this year, did not immediately return a request for comment, but her lawyer issued a scathing statement that noted the returned clothes were not “immediately either wearable or saleable, as the result of his use of them.”
Attorneys Peter Hansen and Ben Akech noted that his client last week filed a lawsuit against Brinton, who is non-binary and uses “they/them” pronouns, to be reimbursed for “the stolen items, the larger business harm done to her by the theft, and the public subordination of her business brand to Mr. Brinton’s personal brand,” he continued.
“Mr. Brinton’s theft wrongfully put Asyakhamsin [sic] in a bind. She could watch her stolen designs be used and celebrated without attribution to her, or she could call out the wrongful taking, but then watch both her and her work be publicly linked to Mr. Brinton without her consent,” the lawyers continued, repeatedly referring to Brinton as a man.
Brinton was fired last year after being caught red-handed in a string of other luggage thefts.
They were also jailed in Virginia for about two weeks in relation to the Khamsin theft before being bonded out ahead of a December preliminary hearing.
The former deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste at the Office of Nuclear Energy allegedly snatched another woman’s suitcase while on a taxpayer-funded trip to Las Vegas last July, according to documents reviewed by The Post.
Brinton eventually pleaded no contest in that incident and was sentenced to a 180-day suspended jail sentence and made to undergo a mental health evaluation and pay $3,670.74 in restitution.
Two months later, the ex-Biden administration official allegedly stole a $2,325 designer suitcase from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport baggage claim and was then seen using it on two different occasions.
Brinton, who is in their mid-30s, initially denied stealing the suitcase to police officers, but later claimed they had it in their possession after taking it by mistake.
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 community service.
In February, Khamsin revealed how she had to cancel a fashion show after her bag of 30 original custom-made pieces was swiped from the airport, only to see the dresses be worn by Brinton at public events.
“I was thinking, ‘Who took my bag, where is it?’ for a long time. Then I see images of the outfits [being worn by Brinton] and I was so confused and upset,” said Khamsin, who splits her time between Houston and Tanzania.
“I don’t know if I would like the clothes back,” she said at the time.
“The investigation is in good hands with the FBI. I’m waiting on them, they will do the right thing.”