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.
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.