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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Former prison employee sentenced for witness tampering

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Physician’s assistant and former prison employee Scotty Rose was sentenced today to two years in federal prison for witness tampering, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. A federal jury convicted Rose after a two day jury trial in May of 2015.  

Rose, 42, of Beaver, worked in the Federal Correctional Institution in Beckley as a physician’s assistant. On February 6, 2013, Rose told a prisoner that another inmate was wearing a recording device and working for the FBI as an informant. The informant identified by Rose was, in fact, working with the FBI on a large scale methamphetamine trafficking investigation and wearing a recording device as part of that investigation. After Rose revealed the identity of the FBI informant, this news quickly spread throughout the correctional facility. As a result, the FBI informant was placed at great risk of retaliation by other prisoners. The informant was subsequently moved from the prison for his own safety, and the methamphetamine trafficking investigation was abruptly terminated. The FBI investigated the leak of the information and determined that Scotty Rose was the source of the leak. 

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, assisted by investigators from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Assistant United States Attorneys Erik S. Goes and Timothy D. Boggess were responsible for the prosecution. United States District Judge Irene C. Berger sentenced the defendant and presided over the trial.

Updated January 21, 2016