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Former FBI Special Agent Sentenced for Corrupt Destruction of an Object in an Official Proceeding


On January 3, 2023, a former FBI Special Agent previously assigned to the FBI’s Fayetteville Field Office was sentenced 36 months of probation with the first 6 months spent on home confinement and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine for one count of corruptly destroying an object with the intent to impair its integrity and availability for use in an official proceeding.  Robert F. Cessario, who resigned from his position with the FBI following his OIG interview, was sentenced in the Western District of Arkansas.  According to the factual statement in support of the guilty plea, from on or about December 4, 2017, through on or about December 6, 2017, Cessario erased the contents of his government computer hard drive, knowing that a court had ordered the computer to be submitted for forensic examination, with the intent to impair the integrity and availability of the computer hard drive and its contents for use in an official proceeding.  Cessario further admitted that he had obtained recordings from a cooperating defendant in connection with the same official proceeding and placed those recordings on his government computer, and that he wiped the computer after questions arose about when and in what manner he had obtained the recordings. The investigation was conducted by the OIG’s Dallas Field Office.

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