A FBI agent has admitted to using government money to play gamma

A FBI agent has admitted to using government money to play gamma ...

  • Agent Scott Carpenter "immediately acknowledged his conduct," says lawyer
  • Prosecutors recommend probation in light of exemplary service, according to lawyer

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An FBI agent with the New York office on February 23 admitted making a "terrible error" by misusing $13,500 of government money to gamble at a casino while in Las Vegas for an investigation.

Scott Carpenter, 40, was sentenced to a misdemeanor count of government money owing to a fraud that has required the FBI agent to receive a sentence of prison.

Paul Fishman, a former US attorney for New Jersey who represented Carpenter, said prosecutors recommended probation because of his acceptance of responsibility and "otherwise excellent service" with the FBI and the US Army.

The charges relate to a maximum sentence of up to a year in prison. Gloria Navarro, a US District Judge, has scheduled his sentencing for May 18.

Prosecutors said they traveled to Las Vegas from July 27 to July 31, 2017, and that four other officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation were recruited.

Carpenter got to a casino's high limit room after the operation ended, where he gambled on blackjack with $13,500 in membership.

"Vor four years ago, Scott made a terrible mistake," Fishman said in a statement. "He immediately acknowledged his conduct, reported it to his superiors, sought professional assistance in his alcohol problem, and made arrangements to repay the FBI."

The case is the case of United States v. Carpenter, a District Court in the United States, No. 22-cr-00022.

Daniel Schiess of the District Attorney's Office for the United States in the United States

Kaye Scholer, a lawyer for Paul Fishman and Mindy Gorin of Arnold & Porter, is married to Paul Fishman.

Nate Raymond discusses the federal judiciary and litigation. He can be reached at: nate.raymond@thomsonreuters.com.

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