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Former Iowa police chief pleads guilty to stealing gun and lying to federal agent

CEDAR RAPIDS – A former Iowa chief of police has entered a guilty plea in a federal case in which he allegedly lied to an FBI agent about a firearm he stole.

The former police chief of the Tama Police Department, who stole and pawned a Tama police service weapon and then lied to a FBI Special Agent who was investigating that theft and other missing property, pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Jeffrey Filloon, age 47, from Toledo, Iowa, was convicted of one count of possessing, selling, and disposing of a stolen firearm and one count of making false statements to a FBI Special Agent.

In a plea agreement, Filloon admitted that, while serving as the chief of the Tama Police Department, he took and sold property, including three guns and four vehicles that were in police impound, from the Tama Police Department for his own personal benefit. Filloon further admitted that he lied to a FBI Special Agent who was conducting an investigation into the missing property by claiming he had bought one of the impounded vehicles when, in fact, Filloon had not bought it from the individual he claimed sold it to him.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Filloon remains free on conditions of release previously set pending sentencing. Filloon faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, $200 in special assessments, and six years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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