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Former FBI Agent Sentenced

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 29, 2011
  • Southern District of Indiana (317) 226-6333

INDIANAPOLIS—Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, announced today that Jerry W. Nau, 44, Peoria, Ill., was sentenced to 10 months’ incarceration, five months in the Bureau of Prisons, and five months home detention, by U.S. District Judge James E. Shaddid following his guilty plea to making and using a false document. This case was the result of an investigation by the Chicago Office of the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General.

Nau, a former FBI special agent, prepared a false evidence receipt form on June 30, 2010, in which he stated that over $43,000 of money seized from a drug dealer had been recounted and placed into evidence. The next day, July 1, 2010, Nau faxed the form to his FBI supervisor in Springfield. The form purported to be verified by two other law enforcement officers. In fact, the money was not placed into evidence on June 30, 2010; it has never been found, and Nau forged the signatures of the two other law enforcement officers.

Because Nau’s FBI investigations were historically prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office in Peoria, that office was recused. Assistant U.S. Attorney James M. Warden was appointed by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana to prosecute the case as a Special Assistant to the Attorney General. Judge Shaddid also ordered Nau to serve two years of supervised release following his incarceration and to make full restitution in the amount of $43,643 to the United States.

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