Former DEA Agent Sentenced 13 Years In Corruption Case

Former DEA Agent Sentenced 13 Years In Corruption Case

A prolific DEA special agent known as the “white devil” amongst drug traffickers, was sentenced Thursday, August 12, to 13 years in prison for a myriad of crimes. Chad Scott is spending over 13 years behind bars for stealing money from suspects, falsifying government records, and committing perjury during a federal trial. The U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo said the longtime U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, Chad A. Scott, caused “far-reaching” damage “to the administration of justice.”

Special Agent in charge Douglas B. Bruce of the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General(DOJ-OIG) Denver Field Office said Scott’s crimes were “antithetical to the oath he swore to uphold.” The sentencing capped a five-year case that shook the DEA and resulted in convictions of three other members of a New Orleans-based federal drug task force. Prosecutors portrayed Scott as more dangerous than the most hardened heroin dealers he locked up, the Louisiana lawman said he “broke every rule in the book” to enforce his “own approximation of justice.”

They originally wanted Scott to be sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison. Federal prosecutor Timothy Duree told the first jury that convicted Scott, “He undercut law enforcement and he disgraced the entire judicial process. He was sworn to uphold the law, but instead, he broke it for his own selfish purposes.” 

Scott was convicted for multiple crimes but this year. A separate federal jury convicted Scott and Rodney Gemar, a former member of his task force, in what prosecutors describe as a long-running scheme to steal money and property from suspects they arrested. Two other former members of the task force, Johnny Domingue and Karl E. Newman, were accused of stealing cash and drugs and testified against Scott.

Both were Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Office deputies– detailed to the DEA– and served federal sentences after agreeing to cooperate with the government. Domingue has since been charged with new federal drug trafficking charges in Texas. Scott is among a growing list of DEA agents who have been accused of abusing their authority in recent years and are being held accountable for their crimes.

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