CENTREVILLE, IL (KTVI) – The assistant police chief for a small Metro East town has been indicted. Corey Allen, 31, is accused of lying to federal law enforcement officers about selling a gun to a convicted felon.
The indictment alleges Allen told law enforcement officers he did not sell a gun to a known felon, but authorities say their investigation found Allen did know and sold it to the individual for $100.
“While it is never pleasant to prosecute a police officer, it is only by holding all law enforcement to the highest standards of conduct that I can assure the citizens of Southern Illinois that they should have confidence and trust in their officers.” noted United States Attorney Wigginton.
If convicted, Allen could face up to 5 years in prison for making false statements to federal law officers and up to 250,000 in fines.
The U.S. Attorney’s office says the investigation was conducted by the Metro East Public Corruption Task Force by agents from the IRS and FBI.