A former FBI special agent was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison for embezzling $43,190 to pay for his gambling.
Timothy A. Klotz, 45, of Yukon, already has made restitution to the FBI.
“He betrayed his badge, he betrayed his colleagues, and he betrayed his department,” prosecutor Walt M. Junker said.
Klotz pleaded guilty in July in federal court in Oklahoma City to embezzling public funds. He admitted he took money he was supposed to give confidential informants for tips on criminal activities.
He admitted embezzling from Oct. 17, 2007, to Dec. 16, 2011.
Defense attorney Michael Johnson said Monday that Klotz embezzled because of a gambling problem. He used retirement money to pay the restitution, the attorney said.
U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange chose the punishment.
“I'm truly, truly sorry for what I did. The bureau was my love,” Klotz told the judge Monday. “I don't have anything left. I don't have a house. I don't have retirement. I don't have money.”
Klotz asked for only probation. The prosecutor urged the judge to impose a prison term. Klotz will be on probation for three years after he gets out of prison. He must spend the first six months on monitored home detention.
Klotz also was ordered not to gamble while on probation and to attend a gambling addiction program.
Klotz said he already has been getting psychological counseling.
“This was an unfortunate circumstance that could have happened to anybody,” his attorney, Johnson, said after the sentencing. “Mr. Klotz is a fine person, and I don't expect we'll see him in court again. There are a lot of citizens whose safety they can thank him for.”
The FBI in Oklahoma City discovered the embezzlement during an internal audit.
Klotz was a special agent for more than 15 years and was involved in counterintelligence investigations. Klotz resigned from the FBI after being suspended without pay Jan. 10.