Jefferey Goebel, former National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency employee, pleads guilty to removing government documents

2:13 PM, May 2, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - A Lake St. Louis man pleaded guilty Wednesday to one felony count of illegally removing records from a government office.

Jefferey Goebel, 57, is the former director of of Commercial Partnerships of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), which is part of the Department of Defense. The organization analyzes imagery of geographic locations to support national security needs.

Court documents state on February 18, 2012, Goebel received a spreadsheet of hourly proposals of government contractors. It also contained valuable property of the United States, and an internal comparison of like projects to be awarded.

The document was classified as sensitive, stated it was for official use only, and should be protected by agency employees.

Goebel retired from NGA in June 2010 and became vice president of a private company that provided high resolution imagery to public and private customers, including NGA.

In November 2010, Goebel shared the spreadsheet with a co-worker at the private company.

Goebel was terminated shortly after he shared the document. The private company then disclosed his actions to NGA, and returned the company's only copy of the spreadsheet.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 21, 2012.

Goebel faces up to three years in prison and a fine of $250,000.


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