Agent accused of trading bus passes and gift cards

A former parole agent has been arrested on suspicion of trading bus passes and gift cards for a parolee’s prescription painkillers in Huntington Beach, officials said Thursday.

Scott Patric Keblis, 49, of Chino was charged with felony embezzlement by a public employee and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said.

 

Keblis, who faced up to four years in custody, was released Thursday after posting $20,000 bond, prosecutors said.

At the time of the alleged crime, Keblis was a parole agent for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. On Nov. 5, that agency got an anonymous tips that Keblis was providing passes in exchange for prescription narcotics, prosecutors said.

On Nov. 23, Keblis obtained two bus passes and two $40 Target gift cards from the Department of Corrections, claiming he needed to give them to a parolee under his supervision, prosecutors said.
But later that day, he instead drove to Huntington Beach and met with a different parolee who was not under his supervision, prosecutors said. Keblis was accused of trading the passes, gift cards and $30 of his money for 26 of the parolee’s prescription hydrocodon pills.

Keblis was arrested Wednesday by the Department of Correction’s Internal Affairs

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