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Nagra hearing reveals little about subpoenas

Former Joliet police officer Brian Nagra carries a stack of lawn signs while working for a local referendum campaign in 2014.
Former Joliet police officer Brian Nagra carries a stack of lawn signs while working for a local referendum campaign in 2014.

The first hearing on former Joliet police Officer Brian Nagra's case since city records were subpoenaed this month was held Thursday with little being disclosed.

Nagra faces felony charges of official misconduct and theft concerning allegations that he misrepresented overtime to collect $10,063 beyond his legitimate pay.

Subpoenaed information includes records from 12 closed meetings of the City Council in 2019.

Nagra's case was continued until April 23 during a brief hearing in Kendall County Circuit Court.

Nagra's attorney Michael Ettinger said after the hearing that he did not know when the case may go to trial.

"We're doing our investigation," he said.

Ettinger said the subpoenaed material includes a compact disc that apparently contains payroll information.

"I've got to see the disc," Ettinger said. "It's not like they had time cards where he could punch in."

A subpoena also had been issued to the Joliet Police Department

When Nagra was charged in July, Kendall County State's Attorney Eric Weis said the charges were filed there because Nagra had submitted his payroll reports at the Joliet Police Department's West Substation in Kendall County.

Assistant State's Attorney Mark Shlifka, who is prosecuting the case, would not comment on why information was sought from closed meetings of the City Council.

The subpoena sought records, notes and recordings from meetings "during which Brian Nagra or police discipline is discussed."

Nagra had been recommended for discharge and removed from duty in January 2019. But the city never brought dismissal charges to the Joliet Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, which would have had the authority to fire him.

Nagra continued to get paid, which made it possible to continue building up time on his pension until reaching 20 years of service in June. The benchmark date allows him to begin collecting his pension at age 50 instead of waiting until 60.

Nagra resigned in July, and the criminal charges were filed about three weeks later. He could lose his pension if convicted of a felony.

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