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Peoria based FBI agent pleads guilty to lying about missing cash

Journal Star


A Peoria-based FBI special agent has pleaded guilty to lying to his superiors about whereabouts of more than $40,000 that was seized in a drug investigation.

Jerry Nau, 44, of Peoria, an FBI special agent since 1999, waived indictment by a federal grand jury and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Urbana to one count of making and using a false document. The case, which was heard by Peoria-based U.S. District Judge James Shadid, was heard in Urbana likely to accommodate prosecutors from Indiana who were handling the case given Nau’s close ties to federal prosecutors here in Peoria.

In his written plea agreement, Nau doesn’t admit to taking the $43,643 that was seized during the investigation of a drug ring headed by Adrain Robinson, who received a life sentence last year. Rather, Nau, a supervisory special agent who was working with the Multi-County Narcotics Enforcement Group, MEG, specifically states he didn’t know what happened to the money that was seized from Robinson in November 2008.

His plea agreement states that he came to get the money from the MEG office and was to bring it back to the FBI evidence vault. After Robinson’s conviction in 2009, the agents went looking for the money which they could claim under drug forfeiture laws. However, it wasn't there.


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