Ex-FBI Agent Convicted in Bribery Case
(ConservativeHub.com) – Federal agents sometimes have access to a vast array of information, and the government tasks them with difficult jobs at times. From raiding the home of former President Donald Trump to keeping tabs on international crime organizations, the federal government may give them intense responsibilities. Yet, some operatives abuse their power, ending up like a California-based ex-agent behind bars for bribery.
On Tuesday, October 4, the Department of Justice released a statement saying a federal jury found former FBI agent Babak Broumand, 56, of Lafayette, California, guilty that afternoon of conspiracy to accept bribes and accepting money from unlawful activity after he shielded a corrupt attorney who worked with an Armenian gang from legal inquiries. Broumand will receive his sentence on January 30, 2023, and spend up to 15 years in prison. Despite prosecutors attempting to seize his multi-million dollar Lake Tahoe home, jurors are allowing him to keep it, according to a report from LA Times.
An FBI agent was found guilty of sharing confidential information about the agency's investigations in exchange for cash payments and other bribes.https://t.co/jj8UJq9C21
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 4, 2022
Broumand came to the US from Iran and began working for the FBI in 1999 on national security issues and tracking down terrorists. Yet, the now-convicted criminal took bribes from January 2015 until December 2018 in the form of money, flights, motorcycles, and other things from lawyer Edgar Sargasyan. Sargasyan admitted to having someone else take his bar exam, and he pleaded guilty to five federal crimes, according to Law & Crime.
While the jury found the corrupt agent guilty, his lawyer hopes to get him out of jail while he appeals the case. Still, after nine days of testimony, it’s unclear whether or not that will happen.
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