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Investigators say Sweeten bought a ticket and made her way through security using the identification belonging to friend and co-worker Jillian Jenkinson.
Jenkinson told Action News that Sweeten told her she needed her license to roll over an old lawfirm 401k, that Jenkinson said is now missing $4,000.
Jenkinson bears a resemblance to Sweeten.
Sweeten sold her daughter, Julia Rakoczy, as Noel Jenkinson. At age 9, Julia did not require identification to fly domestically as long she was accompanied by a parent.
FBI sources say Sweeten paid cash for the one-way tickets to Orlando.
When questioned by Action News on Thusday, the TSA claims Sweeten's successful escape from Philadelphia was not a security lapse.
A TSA spokeswoman said :"Our officers are trained to establish the legitimacy of travel documents and a government issued I.D., as apposed to fake credentials or ones that have been tampered with, and to make sure the name on the boarding pass matches the one on the I.D. Considering how Sweeten and Jenkinson look, no one can criticize our officers for not questioning whether it was the same person."
Sweeten faces charges of identity theft.
A source says Sweeten is not facing any federal charges at this point, even though it is a federal crime to fly on an airliner using false identification.
However, the potential for those charges still exists.
Jenkinson, like everyone else involved, is baffled that this is happening.
"There must be some serious issues going on for her to do something like this," Jenkinson said. "I don't consider her a malicious person."