Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) special agent was charged in an
indictment unsealed yesterday with obstruction of justice, perjury,
falsifying records in a federal investigation, seeking and receiving an
illegal gratuity, conversion of property by an officer or employee of
the United States and removing property to prevent seizure and
conspiracy. A former DEA task force officer was also charged.
Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice
Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey S.
Sallet of the FBI’s New Orleans Field Office, Special Agent in Charge
Monte Cason of the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector
General’s (DOJ-OIG) Dallas Field Office and Chief Inspector Brian M.
McKnight of the DEA’s Office of Professional Responsibility (DEA-OPR)
made the announcement.
A. Scott, 49, of Covington, Louisiana, the DEA special agent, and
Rodney P. Gemar, 41, of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, the former task force
officer, were charged in an indictment returned on Sept. 29, in the
Eastern District of Louisiana. Scott is charged with three counts of
obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury, one count of falsifying
records in a federal investigation, one count of seeking and receiving
an illegal gratuity, one count of unlawful conversion of property by a
government officer or employee, one count of removing property to
prevent seizure and one count of conspiracy to commit conversion to
remove property to prevent seizure. Gemar is charged with two counts of
unlawful conversion of property by a government officer or employee,
two counts of removing property to prevent seizure and two counts of
conspiracy to commit conversion and to remove property to prevent
seizure. According to the indictment, Scott, Gemar and their
co-conspirators committed these offenses while serving with the New
Orleans Division of the DEA.
the indictment alleges that Scott committed obstruction of justice and
perjury in connection with a January 2016 trial in the Eastern District
of Louisiana, misappropriated the personal property of individuals who
were arrested by the New Orleans Division of the DEA and falsified
documentation relating to the seizure of a Ford pick-up truck. The
indictment further alleges that Gemar also misappropriated personal
property from individuals detained by the DEA, as well as money seized
from an individual detained by local law enforcement.
Gemar currently serves as a police officer with the Hammond, Louisiana Police Department.
DEA task force officer Karl Emmett Newman, 50, of Kentwood, Louisiana,
was also charged with numerous offenses in a separate May 13, 2016
indictment and in an Oct. 7, 2016 superseding indictment. Newman
pleaded guilty on July 20, to unlawfully possessing a firearm in
furtherance of a crime of violence and conspiring to misappropriate
money seized by the DEA during the execution of a search. Former DEA
task force officer Johnny Jacob Domingue, 28, of Maurepas, Louisiana,
was arrested on a criminal complaint on May 12, 2016, and was also
charged in an Oct. 7, 2016 superseding indictment with falsifying
records in a federal investigation. Domingue’s case remains pending.
Chad Scott’s detention hearing will take place on Oct. 3 at 2:00 p.m.
charges and allegations contained in an indictment are only
accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until
proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case was initiated by the Louisiana State
Police and investigated by the FBI, DOJ-OIG, DEA-OPR and LSP. Assistant
Chief Diidri Robinson and Trial Attorney Antonio Pozos of the Criminal
Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case.
Updated October 3, 2017