A former FBI agent has admitted to stealing more than $136,000 in drug money, using it to buy sports cars and cosmetic surgery.
The Department of Justice said Scott M. Bowman, 45, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conversion of property by a federal employee, one count of obstruction of justice, one count of falsification of records and one count of witness tampering. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 15.
Bowman worked on a gang task force in San Bernardino where he stole money from drug raids in 2014.
The DOJ said that “Bowman then spent the stolen money for his own personal use, including by spending $43,850 to purchase a 2012 Dodge Challenger coupe, $27,500 to purchase a 2013 Toyota Scion FR-S coupe and $26,612 to outfit these vehicles with new speakers, rims, tires and other equipment. Bowman also admitted that he used $15,000 of the misappropriated cash to pay for cosmetic surgery for his spouse and opened a new checking account into which he deposited $10,665 of the stolen funds.”
Bowman caused more trouble for himself when he tried to cover up his embezzlement. The DOJ said Bowman falsified reports, forged a signature, and tried to convince a detective on his case to lie for him. He told coworkers his newfound fortune came from getting an advance inheritance from his dad. One case that Bowman worked on has been dismissed and more may follow, CNN reports.
“When the FBI became aware of allegations of misconduct by defendant Bowman, FBI management took immediate action by contacting the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General,” Acting Assistant Director in Charge James Struyk at the FBI’s Field Office in Los Angeles, said in a statement. “As Mr. Bowman takes responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty, the public should be reminded that FBI personnel are held to the highest standards and misconduct of any kind is taken very seriously.”
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