A former FBI special representative pleaded guilty this week to hidden some-more than $100,000 that was primarily seized during investigations — income that he certified was used to buy cars and cosmetic surgery.
Scott M. Bowman, of Moreno Valley, Calif., pleaded guilty Monday to a handful of charges, including deterrent of probity and forgery of records, the Department of Justice said in a news release. The 45-year-old Bowman is approaching to be condemned in August.
“As Mr. Bowman takes shortcoming for his actions by pleading guilty, a open should be reminded that FBI crew are held to a top standards, and bungle of any kind is taken really seriously,” James Struyk, behaving partner executive in assign of a FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, said in a release.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Bowman “admitted to regulating a income to account a intemperate spending spree” — allegations that were detailed in a defence agreement filed in U.S. District Court for a Central District of California.
Bowman purchased a 2013 Toyota Scion FR-S coupe, a 2012 Dodge Challenger coupe, and new sound equipment, rims and other improvements for those vehicles, according to a release. He also spent $15,000 on his spouse’s cosmetic surgery.
“Mr. Bowman supposed full shortcoming for his purpose in a charged offenses,” his attorney, James W. Spertus, told a Times in a statement. “We sojourn carefree that a Department of Justice will accept team-work from Mr. Bowman to examine and base out crime in San Bernardino, rather than stability to omit a problem there.”
In total, Bowman — whom a Times reported was dismissed from a FBI final year — stole some-more than $136,000, a news recover states. The income was primarily seized when authorities executed hunt warrants in 2014.
In Jun 2014, Bowman and other members of a task force seized a briefcase containing income during a hunt of a hotel room in Azusa, Calif., according to a defence agreement. A member of a charge force gave Bowman some-more than $10,000, though he pocketed a income instead of entering it into evidence. The same month, there was also $4,600, seized during a hunt of an unit in Ontario, Calif., that was believed to be a home of people connected to a drug placement organization, a defence agreement says.
Then, in Aug 2014, authorities recovered income from a vast safe, found during a hunt of a San Bernardino, Calif., home. Money was eliminated to an FBI trickery and stored overnight. But Bowman after non-stop a justification bags and took some of a income for himself, a defence agreement says.
To cover adult a blank money, Bowman “falsified central FBI reports, submitted a receipt with a fake signature and asked a internal military investigator to yield fake information to law coercion officers if asked about Bowman’s activities with honour to a drug proceeds,” a recover says.