VSP agent, serving in Tazewell, VA, charged with lying to FBI agent about sex with informants

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A Virginia State Police special agent who serves in our region was arrested on Wednesday morning. He’s accused of lying to a special agent. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Richmond, VA announced the arrest of 46-year-old Shade Workman, of Bluefield, VA.  Workman  was formerly assigned to the Tazewell County Drug Task Force. 

Court documents reveal workman lied to FBI agents who were investigating allegations of his appropriate relationships with confidential informants. 

“By engaging in this criminal conduct and lying to the FBI, this trooper betrayed the trust of the esteemed Virginia State Police and the citizens he was sworn to protect,” U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen stated.  “The United States Attorney’s Office, along with our partners at the FBI, are committed to investigating and prosecuting allegations of corruption by law-enforcement officers.”

According to court documents, Workman denied having inappropriate sexual relations with those informants.  

According to an affidavit, Workman also denied telling a confidential informant to destroy evidence of those relationships. 

“Workman made a series of poor choices which were inconsistent with the high ethical rigor of an agency like VSP and which violated federal law.  It is my hope that this case makes clear to our Virginia communities that they are protected by the best – and only the best,” said Special Agent Adam Lee said 

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