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Mystery of the missing money: FBI befuddled by disappearance of $43,643

A veteran FBI agent in Illinois has been sentenced to serve five months in prison for lying about the disappearance of over $43,000. Interestingly, he was not accused of stealing the money.

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A former FBI agent in Illinois has been sentenced to serve five months in prison after pleading guilty to submitting a false evidence inventory receipt for more than $43,000 in seized drug money that somehow went missing and has never been recovered.

Jerry Nau of Peoria, Ill., was also ordered to serve five months of house arrest and pay $43,643 in restitution to the US government.

US District Judge James Shaddid handed down the sentence Tuesday.

The case is interesting because despite an extensive internal Justice Department investigation and the involvement of a small army of local and federal investigators, Mr. Nau was only charged with submitting a false document. There is no formal allegation – or finding – that he had lost, misapplied, or stolen the funds.

And yet the money is gone.

Nau was a career law enforcement officer, having spent nearly 20 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Marshals Service.

At the time of his arrest, Nau had $15,000 in credit card debt, an $800-a-month alimony obligation, and three dependant daughters, one of  whom is unmarried and  expecting a child, according to court documents.

The missing $43,000 had been seized from Adrain Robinson, a major cocaine dealer in Peoria, who is currently serving a life prison sentence following his 2009 conviction. Nau was the case agent responsible for Mr. Robinson’s conviction.

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