"Genderfluid" former federal official accused of stealing fashion designer's dress

 February 23, 2023

Former Department of Energy (DOE) official Samuel Brinton made headlines in 2022 for becoming the first "genderfluid" person to serve in a high-level federal position. However, he later found himself in the news for another reason.

Brinton was charged late last year with stealing luggage from women at airports. This week, another woman came forward and alleged that she has seen pictures of him wearing her clothes.

"He wore my clothes"

According to Fox News, a Houston-based Tanzanian fashion designer tweeted out images of herself wearing a dress that she designed along with photos that appear to show Brinton in the same article of clothing.

"I saw the images. Those were my custom designs, which were lost in that bag in 2018, "Asya Khamsin told Fox News in an interview. "He wore my clothes, which was stolen."

Khamsin explained that her suitcase disappeared during a 2018 trip to Washington, D.C., which prevented her from participating in a fashion event that she had been invited to.

FBI contacted fashion designer

The designer provided Fox News with communications between herself and Delta Air Lines officials in which she complained that the missing bag "contained expensive clothes, shoes, jewelry and other personal belongings."

Fox News noted that Khamsin filed a complaint with the Houston Police Department in December after seeing pictures of Brinton wearing her dress.

What's more, her husband told Fox News that the couple was contacted by FBI agents at a Minneapolis field office last month.

"Houston police, I guess, they [sent] the case to the FBI in Minnesota," Khamsin's husband was quoted as saying. "He called to say, 'I’m [with] the FBI, I'm working on this case.'"

Brinton faces charges in two states

"Then my wife gave him the information and we didn't hear anything. We don't know whether the case is on. We don't know whether the case is cold," he continued.

Fox News noted that the FBI refused to comment on the story. What's more, Brinton had not been charged with any crime related to Khamsin's luggage as of Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner reported last week that in addition to being charged with theft in Minnesota, Brinton also faces up to 10 years behind bars in Nevada on similar allegations.

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