FBI agent pleads guilty to gambling with government money

Feb 23 – An FBI agent with the agency’s New York office has pleaded guilty to making what his lawyer called a “terrible mistake” by misusing $13,500 of government money to gamble at a casino while in Las Vegas for an investigation in 2017.

Scott Carpenter, 40, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court in Las Vegas to a misdemeanor count of conversion of government money under a plea deal that calls for the FBI agent to receive a sentence of probation.

Paul Fishman, a former U.S. attorney for New Jersey now at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer who represented Carpenter, said prosecutors recommended probation in light of his acceptance of responsibility and “otherwise exemplary service” with the FBI and U.S. Army.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of up to a year in prison. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro scheduled his sentencing for May 18.

Prosecutors said that from July 27 to July 31, 2017, Carpenter and three other agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation traveled to Las Vegas to conduct an undercover operation.

Read more at    https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/fbi-agent-pleads-guilty-gambling-with-government-money-2022-02-23/