FBI Agent Accused of Falsely Billing for Travel Expenses

By: AP
By: AP

A Colorado Springs-based FBI agent has been indicted on charges he falsely billed the agency for lodging expenses that had been paid by another Justice Department office.

Forty-year-old Douglas Brennan is scheduled to be in Denver federal court June 2 for his initial appearance on three counts of making false claims to the government. Each count is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine up to 250-thousand dollars.

The case has been assigned to federal prosecutors in Salt Lake City to avoid a conflict of interest for prosecutors in Colorado.

The US attorney's office for Utah says Brennan was assigned to a nine-week federal trial in Denver from March to June 2003, and his lodging was paid by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Authorities say Brennan is accused of submitting three requests for reimbursement of lodging expenses to the FBI totaling about $68,000.

Court documents say Brennan hasn't been arrested and that prosecutors aren't asking that he be jailed pending a trial.

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