Ex-FBI Agent Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Accepting Bribes

By Steve Neavling

A former FBI agent who accepted bribes from a realtor was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison followed by two years of supervised release, the Justice Department announced. 

The former agent, David Paitsel, 42, was also ordered to pay a $10,600 forfeiture money judgment in a case in D.C. federal court.

Brian Bailey, a 53-year-old D.C. real estate developer who bribed Paitsel, was sentenced to four years in prison followed by two years of supervised release. He also was fined $250,000. 

Both men had been found guilty by a jury. 

In exchange for money, Paitsel looked up information for Bailey using a database that he had access to as an agent. 

Bailey wanted the information to help him corner bids on purchasing rights at three addresses in Washington D.C. involving the D.C. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

During the scheme, Paitsel worked at FBI headquarters and was later assigned to the bureau’s Charlotte Field Office. 

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