An undercover FBI agent on a case of weapons smuggling from the Philippines to the United States denied a defense attorney's allegation that he paid for sex for himself and the suspects using taxpayer dollars.
The agent, a 16-year veteran who was not identified by name in court documents because he is working undercover in a separate investigation, in a sworn declaration strongly denied allegations of what a public defender contended was "outrageous government misconduct" and should be grounds for the case to be thrown out.
Federal prosecutors have acknowledged that the government paid for $14,500 in expenses incurred by the agent for entertainment, cocktails and tips over the course of the investigation. Deputy federal public defender John Littrell said in court filings that one of the clubs the agent visited was later raided by local authorities for employing underage prostitutes, alleging that "some of the girls solicited by the undercover agent on behalf of himself and others were likely minors."
Prosecutors responded in court papers that the suggestion was "as false as it is inflammatory."
"At no time did I pay to have sex with any employee of either Area 51 or Air Force One," the agent wrote, referring to two Manila nightclubs where he met with the suspects and spent thousands of dollars. "At no time was I alone with any female employee."