Federal Special Agent Pleads Guilty To Gambling With Government Funds

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LAS VEGAS – An FBI Special Agent pleaded guilty yesterday to misusing government money to gamble at a Las Vegas casino.

Scott F. Carpenter (40), of New York, pleaded guilty to one count of conversion of government money. U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro presided over the hearing and scheduled sentencing for May 18, 2022. At sentencing, Carpenter faces a statutory maximum penalty of one year in prison, supervised release, and restitution.

According to court documents, from July 27 to July 31, 2017, Carpenter — employed as a Special Agent with the FBI’s New York City Field Office — and three other FBI agents traveled to Las Vegas to conduct an undercover operation. At the conclusion of the operation, Carpenter went to a casino’s high limit room, where he gambled on blackjack with $13,500 belonging to the United States.

Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge James F. Boyersmith of the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, Miami Field Office (DOJ OIG) made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the DOJ OIG. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel R. Schiess is prosecuting the case.

If you know about waste, fraud, abuse, misconduct, or whistleblower retaliation within the Department of Justice, you may report it to the OIG Hotline at https://oig.justice.gov/hotline/submit_complaint.

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