LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Teresa Gulotta-Powers, Special Agent in Charge, Office of Inspector General, Department of Justice, Miami Field Office, and Michael Nussbaum, Senior Inspector, Drug Enforcement Agency Office of Professional Responsibility, Miami Field Office, announced today the sentencing of a former agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), who stole $13,405 from the DEA. Defendant Ronald Johnson was indicted on January 6, 2006, on multiple counts of theft of government money, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641, and making false claims, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 287. Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government money on April 4, 2006, and was sentenced today to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $13,405 in restitution.
Ronald Johnson was a Special Agent with the DEA who was a recruiting specialist. As a recruiting specialist, Johnson was responsible for attending career fairs at various schools and institutions to recruit applicants for the DEA. From October 2003 to March 2004, Johnson submitted seventeen expense vouchers to the DEA for various career fair registrations and costs. The DEA paid Johnson for the expenses he claimed. Subsequent investigation revealed that Johnson neither attended nor paid the career fair registrations and costs for which he was paid. Ultimately, the DEA paid Johnson $13,405 for career fair registrations and costs that he was not entitled to.
Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Office of Inspector General, Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency, Office of Professional Responsibility. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Susan Osborne of the Major Crimes Section.
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