DEA Agent Pleads Innocent To Charges Of Trading Bribes For Secrets
MIAMI (AP) _ An intelligence agent for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration pleaded innocent today to charges that he accepted bribes in exchange for confidential law-enforcement information.
Roger Schow, a federal drug agent since 1971, was accused in a two-count indictment of bribery and of illegally releasing secrets. He was arrested Thursday in connection with an investigation conducted by the agency from September to January.
The 43-year-old special agent, based in Miami, has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the case.
If convicted, Schow faces 15 years in prison and a $20,000 fine on the bribery charge, and a 10-year prison term and $10,000 fine on the secrets charge.
A federal judge released Schow on a $50,000 bond last week when his lawyer, Martin Ruskin, maintained at a hearing that the agent knew for a month of his impending arrest and had arranged to turn himself in.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Roberto Martinez had argued against the release, saying Schow ″solicited a bribe from people who were targets of a DEA investigation and he disclosed to them details of an ongoing investigation, putting in jeopardy two confidental informants and a brother DEA undercover officer.″
″He not only knows about the case in which he is charged, but other cases. His word is worthless,″ Martinez said.
At today’s hearing before Chief U.S. Magistrate Peter Palermo, Raskin said he has not been formally hired. Palermo told Schow that his ″time is running out″ and to retain an attorney.