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Former Iowa police chief sent to federal prison for stealing guns and vehicles from police department and lying to federal agent


This news story was published on July 31, 2017.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – The former chief of police of the Tama Police Department who stole and pawned a Tama police service weapon, two other guns held by the police department as evidence, multiple vehicles impounded by the police department, and then lied to a FBI Special Agent who was investigating those thefts was sentenced to federal imprisonment in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Jeffrey Filloon, age 48, from Toledo, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 9, 2017, guilty plea to 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 Tama Police Chief from July 2013 through August 2015, he stole 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 he took and sold when, in fact, Filloon had not bought it from the individual he claimed sold it to him.

Filloon was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Filloon was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment and fined $5,000. A special assessment of $200 was imposed, and he was ordered to make $1,625 in restitution to the victims of his crimes, including the City of Tama. He must also serve a two-year term of supervised release after the prison term.

Filloon was released on bond previously set and is to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on a date yet to be set.
The case was 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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2 Responses to Former Iowa police chief sent to federal prison for stealing guns and vehicles from police department and lying to federal agent

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    Run while you can Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2017 at 9:03 am

    The asset forfeiture laws that make this possible are completely out of control.

    When cops stop you, they can basically confiscate anything you have and say it was purchased with drug money. This needs to be changed.

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    August 1, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Two months for stealing guns & cars?? That’s it?!