FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 1998

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FORMER DEA BUDGET ANALYST INDICTED IN

SIX MILLION DOLLAR THEFT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -The Department of Justice announced today that a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia has returned a 74-count indictment against a former Drug Enforcement Administration budget analyst, charging him with the theft of $6 million from the DEA. The defendant, David S. Bowman, 57, of Arlington, Virginia, who was a supervisory budget analyst at DEA's Drug Enforcement Administration office in Arlington, Virginia, is alleged to have stolen the money from the DEA between 1990 and 1997 through a scheme involving the submission of hundreds of false and fraudulent payment vouchers in the name of a sham company. He had worked for DEA for 22 years and left in April, 1997. Bowman's approval of the vouchers for payment caused them to be processed by DEA's accounting department and resulted in hundreds of government checks being sent to a post office box in Rosslyn, Virginia, that was controlled by Bowman. The indictment further alleged that Bowman retrieved the checks from the post office box, laundered the proceeds of the theft through local banks, and ultimately used the stolen funds to pay for a wide range of personal expenditures for himself and his family. The expenditures, according to the indictment, included such personal items as the purchase and renovation of homes for his children, the lease and purchase of multiple automobiles, domestic and overseas travel by family members, jewelry, collector coins, art work, furniture, computers, stereo equipment, clothing and home furnishings. The indictment charges Bowman with: five counts of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1341; one count of theft and conversion of government property and monies, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 641; 15 counts of concealment money laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956; and 53 counts of money laundering based on monetary transactions involving criminally derived funds in excess of $10,000, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1957. Finally, the indictment also seeks criminal forfeiture of all property and monies involved in any of the money laundering violations. The case is being prosecuted by the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice, with assistance from the Department's Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. The investigation

was conducted jointly by the DEA's Office of Professional Responsibility and the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division. An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial at which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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