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Final pretrial hearing set for former Joliet cop in theft case

Brian Nagra, 43, a former Joliet police officer charged with theft and official misconduct in Kendall County. Nagra resigned from the police department just three days before a termination hearing before the Joliet Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.
Brian Nagra, 43, a former Joliet police officer charged with theft and official misconduct in Kendall County. Nagra resigned from the police department just three days before a termination hearing before the Joliet Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.

A final pretrial court hearing for a former Joliet police officer charged in Kendall County with theft and official misconduct has been scheduled for Feb. 13.

Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis said the February court hearing for 43-year-old Brian Nagra, of the 1300 block of Pleasant Knoll Court in Joliet will address whether a date for a trial will be scheduled.

A grand jury indicted Nagra on
Oct. 1 on three counts of official misconduct and two counts of theft. He was arrested July 25 on those charges, was booked into the Kendall County jail and was released after he posted 10% of his $100,000 bond, court records show.

The indictment alleges that while he worked as a police officer between Oct. 6, 2014, and May 1, 2018, he falsely submitted time sheets for approval by his supervisor to “obtain unearned money and compensatory time.”

Nagra is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the City of Joliet through false time sheets, according to the indictment.

Nagra was at a pretrial hearing Monday at the Kendall County Courthouse with his attorney, Michael Ettinger. He refused to comment on the charges against him or answer why he resigned from the police department.

“You’re not going to get a statement,” Ettinger said.

Nagra resigned July 5, three days before he was scheduled to face a termination hearing before the Joliet Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.

Nagra also refused to answer why he apparently paid the city $10,063 on
the day he resigned. Assistant City Attorney Chris Regis said that amount Nagra paid covered full restitution for what he was accused of obtaining through false time sheets.

Joliet Police Chief Al Roechner sent a termination order to Nagra on Jan. 11 that said he was identified as having submitted overtime requests for work he did not do.

“The evidence has shown that you can no longer be trusted to perform the duties as a police officer,” Roechner said.

While Nagra was awaiting a termination hearing, he collected roughly $50,000 in additional pay and reached his 20th anniversary as a Joliet police officer in June, qualifying him to collect additional pension benefits in the future.

Nagra could lose all pension benefits if convicted of the charges.

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