You know it's ugly when someone in an inspector general's office has to be inspected.
But such was the case for 43-year-old Scott Allen Gompert. The former special agent in the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was sentenced to 26 months in prison last week after pleading guilty to charges involving fraud and forgery.
During his more than eight years in the inspector general's office, Gompert learned to pinpoint bank accounts filled with cash derived from fraudulent activity, the Justice Department said in a press release. On three occasions, Gompert drew up fake seizure warrants—complete with the forged signatures of judges—directing the banks to move the money to an account that he secretly controlled, the Justice Department says. Gompert pocketed more than $1.1 million from the scheme, the department says.
In addition to the prison sentence, "Gompert has forfeited assets equal to the criminally seized amount, including approximately $550,000 in cash, a development property in Peoria, Ariz., and a 2005 Toyota Avalon," the release said.
Press release here.