LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - A former Greene County Sheriff’s Department lieutenant who was arrested in 2019 in connection with a public corruption case will spend the next two years in federal prison.
According to a media release from the United States Attorney’s Office in Little Rock, Allen Scott Pillow, 56, of Paragould was sentenced Thursday by federal District Judge Lee P. Rudofsky.
Pillow pleaded guilty last year to one count of theft of government funds in the case.
Pillow also received two years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $15,200 fine in the case.
Federal prosecutors provided more details in the case Thursday, including that Pillow may have been involved in other incidents of theft while working with the Arkansas State Police.
“After receiving information that former Lieutenant Pillow might be abusing his role with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, FBI Special Agents and Task Force Officers conducted a ruse narcotics investigation and sought Pillow’s help with the investigation,” federal prosecutors said Thursday. “Pillow had previously retired from Arkansas State Police, where he was suspected to be involved with multiple instances of theft. On November 4, 2019, FBI task force officers parked a rental vehicle in a commercial parking lot in Paragould and staged a glass drug pipe in the vehicle along with a red backpack containing $76,000. The cash was divided into ten bundles of $7,600 each, and investigators recorded the serial numbers.”
FBI Task Force officers then contacted Pillow on his cell phone and asked him to go to the scene.
“The officers relayed to Pillow that they began a narcotics investigation in Tennessee and now needed Pillow’s help as the target had traveled into Arkansas. Pillow traveled to the scene in his Sheriff’s Department vehicle, searched the staged rental vehicle, and recovered the glass pipe, backpack, and currency,” authorities said.
Pillow then called the task force officers.
“Later that day, Pillow called the officers and informed them that the backpack had contained $45,600, leading agents to believe Pillow had taken four bundles of $7,600 each, totaling $30,400 of stolen FBI funds. Agents obtained a search warrant for Pillow’s residence and found $2,300 in his possession and $27,820 in a safe in his attic. The serial numbers on the discovered currency matched the original FBI serial numbers. The remaining $280 in stolen funds was not located,” officials said.
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