Ex-FBI agent sentenced for gambling away government cash in Las Vegas

A former FBI agent was sentenced to three months in federal prison this week for gambling away more than $13,000 in government funds during an undercover operation in Las Vegas.

Scott Carpenter, a former special agent with the FBI’s New York branch, pleaded guilty in February to trafficking government funds.

Though both prosecutors and the defense pleaded for parole, he was sentenced Wednesday to three months in federal prison, to be served either in prison or house arrest pending a judge’s decision, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

According to court documents, the charges stem from an undercover operation that Carpenter conducted in the summer of 2017.

Carpenter and three other agents traveled to Las Vegas with $135,000 in government funds to cover the sting’s bribes and incidental expenses.

The agents performed an operation in a hotel cabana and then went to the Bellagio Resort and Casino for their last night together, according to court documents. Before leaving the hotel room, Carpenter withdrew $10,000 in government funds from a hotel safe.

The agents went to the resort’s High Roller Room, where Carpenter bought $10,000 worth of chips. He played blackjack for several hours and all lost $10,000.

“Then he pressed [another] Undercover agent to give him additional money from the United States that the undercover agent brought from the suite,” the plea agreement reads. “Carpenter then gambled away the money.”

According to Bellagio records, Carpenter lost $13,500 in two to three hours on an average bet size of $721.

“Although Carpenter drank while gambling at the Cabana and the Bellagio on Saturday, he knew he was gambling with money belonging to the United States,” the agreement reads. “As an FBI agent and chief investigator, Carpenter held a position of trust that he abused in a way that allowed him to convert government money.” Ex-FBI agent sentenced for gambling away government cash in Las Vegas

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