Three FBI agents and an FBI counterterrorism expert have been arrested and charged with obtaining thousands of dollars worth of steroids and human growth hormone using bogus medical diagnoses, and then lying about it on government health forms.
Prosecutors say that two of the agents, a female bodybuilder and her husband, may have spent $17,000 on HGH, while a third male agent was visiting a gynecologist in order to obtain steroids and HGH. Two different doctors were allegedly writing prescriptions for the four suspects using false diagnoses of dwarfism, and one of the doctors had allegedly written more than 5,000 prescriptions for steroids in the past five years.
Agents Katia Litton, Matthew Litton and James Drew Barnett and intelligence analyst Ali Sawan were charged with making false statements on US government documents. Barnet, 42, and Katia Litton, 42, worked for the FBI's Washington field office, while Litton's 39-year-old husband Michael worked at the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group in Quantico, Virginia. Sawan, 45, is with the FBI's Counterterrorism Division.
According to affidavits unsealed Wednesday, Barnett used a board-certified gynecologist with a specialty in Age Management Medicine as his doctor to obtain HGH and steroids, and spent more than $10,000 on medical tests and prescriptions.
The affidavits also allege that Katia Litton competed as a bodybuilder as recently as 2002, and received 26 separate prescriptions from one of the doctors for HGH. Bank documents allegedly show 60 purchases totaling more than $10,000 from 2006 to 2010, and $7,000 paid to the doctor between 2006 and 2009.
FBI agents and intelligence analysts must submit to thorough reviews of their medical history. Investigators claim that the four had "concealed and covered up" their use of anabolic steroids and HGH.
The Littons, Barnett and Sawan were arrested in their offices Wednesday.
"FBI employees must be held to the highest standards of ethical conduct," said FBI Deputy Director Tim Murphy in a statement. "When this information came to our attention, a through investigation was initiated which led to today's charges. The investigation is continuing."
After an initial appearance in court Wednesday, the agents and analyst were released on their own personal recognizance. The four are due back in court on October 5 for a preliminary hearing. Lawyers for the defendants could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.