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A federal judge in Nevada has rejected probation recommendations and sentenced a former New York FBI agent to three months in custody for using government money he received for an undercover operation to play Las Vegas.
U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro told former officer Scott F. Carpenter, 40, on Wednesday that she would decide before he surrenders on Nov. 18 whether he can serve his sentence under house arrest, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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Carpenter’s attorneys did not immediately respond to messages Thursday seeking comment.
According to court documents, Carpenter admitted to losing $13,500 in July 2017 playing blackjack at the Bellagio with government money allocated to him and three other officers for expenses and money. of “corruption” during an undercover investigation.
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Carpenter’s lawyers provided testimony about him, his work with the FBI and his military service in the US military in Iraq. A federal prosecutor told the judge that Carpenter self-reported misuse of the money and immediately took steps to repay it.
But the judge said lawbreaking by federal agents “undermines community confidence in law enforcement,” the Review-Journal reported. She also noted that Carpenter was charged with a misdemeanor rather than a felony and continued to work as an FBI agent until he pleaded guilty in February to converting government money.