Public Safety

Ex-Tama police chief indicted in sale of stolen guns, cars

Jeffrey Filloon
Jeffrey Filloon

Tama’s former police chief is accused of stealing guns from the police department and selling them.

Jeffrey Filloon also is accused of pocketing proceeds from the sale of unclaimed vehicles the police department had impounded.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Filloon with two counts each of making false statements and selling a stolen firearm.

The charge was issued Dec. 6 and unsealed Monday as Filloon was scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.

Authorities allege Filloon took at least three firearms and four vehicles between August 2013 and March 2015.

One of the weapons, a Mossberg 12-gauge pump shotgun, had been held as evidence and was sold to General Store Pawn and Gun in Marshalltown for $200 in August 2013, authorities said.

Later that same month, Filloon sold a .45-caliber Keckler and Hoch UPS pistol to the same shop for $450, court records state.

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That weapon had been the duty gun of a Tama officer who surrendered it to the department when he retired in 2012.

Another firearm that was being held as evidence, a .44-caliber black powder revolver, was sold to the Marshalltown shop for $75 in March 2014.

Also in March 2014, Filloon allegedly sold a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix, a 1994 Ford Econoline F150 van and a 1994 Ford Explorer to Sandhill Auto Salvage in Tama for $650, court records state. He allegedly requested the check be made out to him instead of the city, records state.

That same month, he returned with a 1996 Chevrolet Silverado pickup and sold it for $250, claiming it was his personal vehicle, records state.

The false statement charges stem from statements Filloon allegedly made to an FBI agent who was investigating the weapons’ and vehicles’ sales in May. He allegedly told the agent a relative of the shotgun’s owner told him he could keep the firearm instead of returning it to a family member, court records state. He also allegedly told the agent he had purchased the Silverado before selling it to the salvage company, records state.

Filloon was appointed police chief in May 2013 and had been with the department as an officer since 2004. Before that, he had been a full-time Toledo police officer and a reserve officer with Tama.

He resigned as police chief in August 2015.

Filloon also served one term on the Toledo City Council before opting not to seek re-election in 2015.

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