By Allan Lengel
Roanoke attorney Scott Alan Webber admitted in federal court Tuesday to lying to the FBI about sexual liaisons with clients and illegal possession, use and distribution of controlled substances, the Roanoke Times reports.
Webber’s plea agreement calls for a sentence of up to six months in prison.
During an FBI interview in January 2017, Webber falsely denied improper involvement with clients and with drugs, the paper reports.
A Justice Department press release said:
According to a statement of facts agreed to by Webber and read into the court record today by Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee, Webber was a licensed attorney and a member of the Virginia State bar whose practice included the representation of parties in both state and federal courts, and in both criminal and civil matters.
Beginning in 2014, Webber represented Client #1 in matters related to driving under the influence and petty larceny. On two occasions, Client #1 had sexual intercourse with Webber in exchange for reduced legal fees.
From approximately 2012-2015, Webber represented Client #2 in multiple criminal matters. On one occasion, Client #2 told Webber she did not have money to pay him for his representation, to which Webber told Client #2 that if she performed oral sex on him he would submit a letter to the court that he was representing Client #2 and promised her she would not go to jail. Client #2 did perform oral sex on Webber and he continued to represent her.
Between January 25 and January 27, 2016, Webber had conversations via text message with Client #3 in which they discussed meeting at his house and engaging in sexual activity in exchange for legal services.
Between August 2016 and December 2016, Webber and Client #4 engaged in sexual activity. On December 10, 2016, Webber discussed wanting Client #4 to engage in sexual acts with him before he would provide her representation in a custody matter.
In addition, the statement of facts addresses instances in which Webber was in contact with at least three clients with which he was receiving and or distributing small amounts of marijuana, Adderall and/or other prescription medications.
On January 26, 2017, Webber was asked by special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation if he ever had sexual relations with a client, to which he responded, “Yea. No, no, I’ve not had sex with clients. I’ve certainly not had sex with clients, I’ve not had sex for pay ah in lieu of legal fees…”
During the same interview, agents asked Webber if he ever received or distributed drugs. Webber answered “No,” “I haven’t distributed drugs,” “I haven’t used drugs period…”