Bill Jakob was down on his luck. He had a record in Illinois as a sex offender, was an out-of-work truck driver, filed for bankruptcy in 2003 with debts almost $200,000 and in 2007 he was found liable for $600,000 in damages in the death of a six-year-old boy who ran out into the road and Jakob ran him over. That was overturned and he is in the middle of an agreement to a $50,000 insurance settlement with the little boy’s mom.
What’s a guy with such piss-poor luck to do in that situation? A) Hunker down and work your ass off to pay off your debts. B) Kill yourself C) Pretend you’re an undercover anti-drug agent and get yourself a job in a small town in Missouri. If you said “C” then you just might know where this story is headed.
Bill Jakob told the mayor and police chief of Gerald, Missouri that he had worked as an anti-drug agent in Illinois. He even had a badge and gun in addition to a fully equipped Crown Victoria that he said was used in undercover work. They called a number that Jakob gave them for verification and the woman they spoke with said Jakob had worked with the task force. I guess the town of Gerald doesn’t do any kind of background checks on their police officers. Hell, I live in a small town and they do background checks here…A couple of things they might have found had they bothered to do a simple criminal background search for less than $30 was the fact that he pleaded guilty in 1994 to misdemeanor sex abuse and also paid a fine for having sex with an underage girl. It also would have turned up his financial woes as well as the lawsuit in the death of the little boy.
So what expertise did Jakob bring to town?
At least 17 people are now suing including an elderly woman who was involuntarily committed to a psych ward for a week because she didn’t cooperate with police, and the guy who said Jakob held a gun to his head and threatened to shoot him while his child watched. Jakob as well as the police officers he was working with broken into houses, stole money, legally owned firearms and violated numerous people’s civil rights.
Then you get into the big old dog and pony show where anyone he arrested without a warrant was an illegal arrest. Several police officers have been fired over it as well as the chief for allowing the deception and criminal activities to go on in Gerald.
Jakob pleaded guilty to 23 felony federal charges back at the end of September and his sentencing is on December 19th. That should be a Merry Christmas for you, asshole!