A former federal investigator pleaded guilty Tuesday to bank fraud and forgery.
Scott Allen Gompert, 43, admitted he used his connections from more than eight years as an investigator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General to locate bank accounts holding criminal proceeds.
He then prepared fake seizure warrants for the accounts and served them on banks.
On three occasions in 2005 and 2006, banks placed cashier’s checks in Gompert’s personal bank account, believing it was an official U.S. government seizure account.
Gompert amassed $1.1 million by lying and forging the signatures of federal magistrate judges.
As a condition of the plea agreement, Gompert will forfeit $550,000 in cash, as well as a development property in Peoria and a 2005 Toyota Avalon.
Gompert faces the possibility of up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine on the bank fraud charge and five years in prison and $250,000 in fines for the forgery charge.
Judge Lawrence Anderson set Gompert’s sentencing for Jan. 28 before Senior U.S. District Judge Earl H. Carroll.