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Veteran DEA agent charged in sweeping federal indictment

October 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Veteran DEA agent charged in sweeping federal indictment

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A DEA agent in Louisiana is facing multiple federal charges, including perjury, forging government records, and obstruction of justice.

The indictment lists several severe accusations against DEA Agent Chad Scott and a co-conspirator named Rodney Gemar, who worked as a DEA Task Force officer, The Advocate reported.

The government said that Scott agreed to accept an at least $10,000 illegal gift in exchange for recommending that the government reduce a criminal sentence. The indictment added that this deal led the defendant to be granted early release.

Scott and a co-conspirator also enriched themselves by embezzling and converting cash and property seized from individuals apprehended by the DEA.

DEA agent finds himself at center of sprawling indictment

Federal prosecutors added that Scott also lied under oath during a trial, and he’s accused of forging records to indicate a truck was confiscated in Metairie when it was seized in Texas.

FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti said Scott’s reliability will now be tested in every case he’s been involved in.

“Because he had his fingers in many pies, all of those cases are compromised, and it’s placed the U.S. attorney’s office and the Justice Department in a bad position. There’s been deals made and charges reduced because he’s the key witness. So he’s very impeachable, so it’s messed up a lot of things in the building,” Raspanti stated.

The DEA released the following statement in response to the accusations against Scott.

“DEA continues to investigate with our law enforcement partners. The allegations against these individuals are serious and disconcerting, but they don’t reflect the work and dedication demonstrated by the employees who work every day to make our communities better places. We hold ourselves to the highest standards and DEA takes seriously any allegations of wrongdoing or misconduct. Because this is an ongoing criminal matter, we cannot comment further.”

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