News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2008
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell

PIO/AFD
Number: 404-893-7124

Former U.S. D-E-A Agent Sentenced for Failing to Report Stolen Drug Money

SEP 18 -- (Atlanta, GA) - GREGORY CAMPION, 38, of Orlando, Florida, a former agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Atlanta, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jack T. Camp to 21 months in prison for failing to report cash income for 2004.

Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of DEA-Atlanta Field Division (AFD) said, “Citizens place their trust and confidence in law enforcement officers to serve and protect them. Mr. Campion abused such trust. His criminal conduct does not reflect the actions of many dedicated law enforcement officers who work tirelessly to protect the citizens of this country from dangerous drugs.”

United States Attorney David E. Nahmias said of the case, “This defendant blatantly violated the oath he took to uphold the law and protect the public. His felony conviction and prison sentence are a fitting response to his acts of corruption and betrayal.”

IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Reginael D. McDaniel said, “Sworn law enforcement officers who intentionally choose to be part of the problem rather than part of the solution should understand that the consequences of their illegal actions will be criminal prosecution and probable jail time.”

CAMPION was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison to be followed by 1 year of supervised release and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. The sentence was increased because Judge Camp found that a substantial portion of the unreported income came from illegal activity, which was not contested. Specifically, CAMPION did not contest the Government’s evidence that the funds were stolen from drug money seized in narcotics investigations.

According to United States Attorney Nahmias and the information presented in court: Between 2003 and 2005 CAMPION was an assistant supervisor at a DEA task force office in Atlanta.  In this position he had access to millions of dollars of cash seized from suspected drug traffickers. Several seizures conducted during this time were “short,” that is, that the final amount counted by the bank was thousands of dollars less than the original amount seized. During 2004, CAMPION deposited over $200,000 in cash in his accounts, none of which was reported as income on his tax returns. He had been placed on administrative leave in 2005, and resigned his position at DEA when he pleaded guilty to the federal charge. CAMPION was indicted in March 2006, and pleaded guilty in March 2008 to tax evasion.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the United States Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the DEA’s Office of Professional Responsibility, and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Assistant United States Attorneys Justin S. Anand and Kurt R. Erskine  prosecuted the case.

DEA AFD SAC Benson encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com and www.dea.gov