An ex-FBI agent was sentenced to three months in prison for gambling with government money. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Accountability in court
Ex-FBI agent Scott Carpenter was sentenced to three months in prison after gambling government money at a Las Vegas casino.
the prosecution and defense noted his behavior and asked the judge for probation
According to Assistant US Attorney Dan Schiess, Carpenter reported the incident himself and took immediate steps to repay it. Both the prosecution and the defense noted his behavior and asked the judge for probation, although he will face harsher sentences.
The ex-cop apologized for disappointing his colleagues and loved ones and also said he was undergoing treatment that made him a “better, smarter and more self-aware person.”
The FBI Operation
According to court records, Carpenter and three other FBI agents went to Las Vegas in July 2017 for an undercover operation. The group brought in $135,000 in cash to cover costs and pay bribes in their investigation of public corruption.
The probe was supposed to position a team member as a high roller in a cabana at The Cosmopolitan. The room mandated a minimum of $1,500 in food and drink.
Carpenter drank a six pack of beer and almost a whole bottle of vodka on his own
After an encounter, the officers chewed on leftover food and alcoholic drinks. Court records show that Carpenter drank a six-pack of beer and nearly an entire bottle of vodka on his own.
After the group party, Carpenter sneaked out to play blackjack at the Bellagio with a bag of money. According to their records, he played on average over $700 per hand and lost $13,500.
Both sides of the legal battle supported Carpenter as much as they could, shining light on his pristine reputation as a civil servant and generally clean record. His father, a New Jersey municipal judge, sent a letter to the court suggesting that his son was dealing with post-traumatic stress after completing trips in Iraq with the military.
[undermining] community trust in law enforcement”
U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro has handed down Carpenter’s verdict. She quoted “[undermining] community trust in law enforcement’ as her reason for ignoring the probation requests.
However, Navarro confirmed that the charge had dropped from a felony to a felony. Carpenter was also able to work for the FBI until his plea was filed in February.
Carpenter has 90 days to turn himself in to authorities – he could still be placed under house arrest.
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