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Mike Levine

Washington, DC


Feds Nab 4 Of Own Over Alleged Drug Use

September 15, 2010 - 4:14 PM | by: Mike Levine

Federal law enforcement agencies have arrested four of their own — including a husband and wife — for allegedly lying on government forms about their use of performance enhancing drugs.

42-year-old Katia Litton, a former bodybuilder and agent with the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and her husband, 39-year-old Mattew Litton, an agent with the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Team, allegedly spent at least $17,000 over nearly four years to obtain anabolic steroids and human growth hormone from a doctor in the Washington area even though there was no real medical reason. They “concealed and covered up” their use of the drugs while filling out medical forms used regularly to assess FBI agents’ fitness for duty, according to prosecutors.

Documents filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia charge the Littons with attesting to materially false statements on U.S. government documents.

42-year-old James Drew Barnett, also an agent with the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and 45-year-old Ali Sawan, an intelligence analyst at FBI headquarters, have also been charged with attesting to materially false statements.

“FBI employees must be held to the highest standards of ethical conduct,” FBI Deputy Director Timothy Murphy said in a statement. “When this information came to our attention, a thorough investigation was initiated which led to today’s charges.”

All four defendants were arrested Wednesday by agents from the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General and the Office of Personnel Management’s Office of the Inspector General. They made their initial appearances in court Wednesday afternoon.

Like Litton and Barnett, Sawan was able to receive anabolic steroids and human growth hormone because a doctor, identified in court documents only as “Dr. W-1, diagnosed them with Pituitary Dwarfism and other conditions. In reality, though, all four have “no known medical condition requiring the use of these medications,” according to prosecutors.

Court documents suggest at least two doctors were involved in the case, one a board-certified gynecologist and the other an emergency room physician for a local health center outside Washington.

Investigators found that Sawan alone made 90 purchases from his doctor’s office and several local pharmacies between November 2007 and January 2010.

When describing his medical history on U.S. government forms, he described his medical illnesses as “N/A” and listed “current medications” as “none,” according to court documents filed in the case.

Similarly, Barnett “omitted any mention of his use of HGH and/or anabolic steroids” and spent more than $10,000 to obtain the drugs, court documents said.

Asked whether the doctors will face charges, a Justice Department spokesman declined to answer, saying he is “unable to comment at this time beyond what is in the public record.”

In his statement, Murphy, the FBI official, said the investigation “is continuing.”