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Former FBI agent pleads guilty to stealing drug money from investigation

May 4, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
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A former federal agent who took part in significant gang-related narcotics investigations pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing more than $136,000 in suspected drug money, resulting in the dismissal of criminal charges against more than a dozen suspects.

Ex-FBI special agent Scott M. Bowman, of Moreno Valley, pled guilty in federal court to charges of obstruction of justice, falsifying records, witness tampering and conversion of property by a federal employee.

Bowman worked with a task force based in San Bernardino aimed at targeting gang-related organized crime in California.

The disgraced FBI agent admitted he stole illicit drug proceeds seized during three investigations in 2014.

According to CNN, one of the investigations involved the seizure of drug money, weapons, along with several pounds of meth and cocaine belonging to a Bloods street gang operating east of Los Angeles.

Authorities said Bowman pocketed $15,000 of the cash seized during the investigation, leading to the dismissal of the case.

The indictment against Bowman also accused him of stealing illegal drug proceeds from a San Bernardino-based drug ring that involved funneling money and narcotics to members of the Mexican Mafia in various California prisons.

Prosecutors said Bowman used the cash to go on a $100,000 shopping spree on cars, funding plastic surgery for his wife and even took his mistress on a trip Las Vegas where they attended a boxing match with $1,000 ringside seats.

Furthermore, Bowman falsified FBI reports and asked a police detective to lie about his activities, in a deliberate attempt to cover up his thefts, authorities said.

Bowman’s arrest at the time compromised the prosecution of a case he was involved with investigating, prompting the dismissal of drug and gun charges against 14 defendants.

“As Mr. Bowman takes responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty, the public should be reminded that FBI personnel are held to the highest standards. Misconduct of any kind is taken very seriously and is not tolerated,” James Struyk, acting assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, said in a statement.

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