Tyler Perry's Alleged Stalker Government Ties

4/24/2009 2:40 PM PDT

Tyler Perry's Alleged Stalker -- Government Ties

TMZ has learned the woman accused of stalking Tyler Perry -- and emailing him about the devil -- once held a pretty serious job ... working for the United States government.

Dawne Wilson, who is currently locked up in Atlanta on an aggravated stalking charge, recently worked for the General Services Administration -- an agency which helps manage and support the basic functioning of other federal agencies.

Before Dawne was hired, she had to go through an extensive background check -- which she obviously passed. No word if a psych test was included in the screening.

TMZ spoke with one of Dawne's former co-workers from their Atlanta office, who told us, "The whole thing was a shock ... it seemed out of character ... she never seemed unbalanced."

Wilson is still in custody. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years in state prison.