Karl Newman admitted to taking thousands of dollars in seized funds.
A former Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer pleaded guilty Thursday to a pair of charges in connection with an armed theft, as well as the embezzlement of seized funds.
Karl Newman, 50, of Kentwood, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a firearm, and conversion of property by a government officer, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.
In accepting the plea deal, Newman admitted to using a gun in connection with a robbery that was disguised as an execution of a search warrant of a drug dealer in August 2015. He also admitted to taking $3,000 from seized evidence a couple months later.
Newman was indicted last year on several counts, but a superseding indictment reduced the number of charges. He faces five years to life in prison.
In early 2016, a source with knowledge of the investigation into Newman said “not all of the narcotics were making it to the evidence room.”
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