Prosecutor: Accused DEA Agent ‘Endangered Brother Agent’
MIAMI (AP) _ A federal drug agent who allegedly sought bribes in return for leaking information to people under investigation endangered two confidential informants and a fellow officer, a U.S. attorney said.
Roger S. Schow, 43, a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent assigned to the Miami field division, was indicted Thursday on two counts of soliciting bribes during an investigation between September 1984 and January.
Schow, an agent since 1971, was released on $50,000 personal surety bond by U.S. Magistrate Samuel Smargon.
Robert Feldkamp, a DEA spokesman, said Schow, who worked in the agency’s intelligence unit, ″will be placed on indefinite suspension without pay pending the conclusion of the criminal action.″
″This man has a large debt,″ said assistant U.S. Attorney Roberto Martinez. ″He 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 confidential informants and a brother DEA undercover officer.″
Prosecutors argued for a higher bail.
But Schow’s attorney, Martin Raskin, said that his client ″knew for a month that he would be indicted, and I had communicated with Mr. Martinez and told him that if my client was indicted we would arrange to surrender him.″
Schow would face a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted on the bribery charge, and an additional 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of illegally releasing confidential information.
Schow told the magistrate he earns $43,000 a year and that his wife makes $12,000 a year as a secretary. The agent also said he owes about $80,000 on his $100,000 Miami house and at least $7,600 on three credit card accounts.