In the FBI case, according to court papers, Katia Litton, 42, a special agent with the Washington Field Office since 2003 and a former bodybuilder, used steroids and HGH along with her husband, Matthew Litton, 39, an agent since 2001 whose FBI medical file describes him as “5’8′ and 190 lbs.” and “muscular.”
Along with Special Agent James Barnett, 42, also with the Washington office, and counterterrorism analyst Ali Sawan, 45, the four allegedly met with doctors and received fake diagnoses for conditions including pituitary dwarfism beginning in 2006.
They allegedly received prescriptions for medications including anabolic steroids and HGH. The medications are used in bodybuilding to increase muscle mass and reduce recovery time after workouts.
The four FBI employees appeared one after the other Wednesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson as charges were unsealed in U.S. District Court in Washington. The defendants were not asked to make any statements, and attorneys for Sawan and Matthew Litton declined to comment afterward. Attorneys for Barnett and Katia Litton left the courtroom before they could be questioned.
The Littons, of McLean; Barnett, of Alexandria; and Sawan, of Sterling, were required to submit to a drug test, give up their passports and any weapons, and stay within 50 miles of their homes. They were released on their own recognizance pending an Oct. 5 hearing.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the investigation.
However, an arrest affidavit filed in the cases of the Littons and Sawan by Special Agent J. Brian Burnett of the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General, notes that each worked with a part-time emergency room doctor.
In a side practice, the doctor advertised “hormone modulation therapy” to address such conditions as “adult onset growth hormone deficiency” and “adult onset growth testosterone deficiency,” Burnett wrote.
Burnett said that the doctor wrote more than 5,200 prescriptions for anabolic steroids between September 2005 and January 2010 and that a nearby laboratory drew blood from 307 of the doctor’s patients, all of whom were given a diagnosis of pituitary dwarfism or other recognized growth hormone deficiencies.
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.
The headquarters building of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the J. Edgar Hoover building along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010. Three FBI agents and an FBI counter-terrorism 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. Collapse
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.