(Newsroom America) -- Andrew Pullum, 31, Madison, Wis., has been sentenced to two years of probation for stealing government property while a police officer with the Madison Police Department.
Pullum pleaded guilty to this felony offense on May 9, 2016.
Pullum was arrested December 18, 2015, at the Madison Police Department’s West District Station by FBI agents.
The majority of the stolen money was recovered following a search of Pullum’s home shortly after his arrest.
Pullum admitted that on December 17, 2015, he was directed to make contact with a citizen providing information to the police. The citizen was in fact an FBI undercover officer.
The undercover officer told Pullum that she was angry at her drug dealing boyfriend and that there may be cocaine and money in a parked car. Pullum admitted opening the trunk of the car, and removing a bag containing $3,950.
Pullum called for a drug detection canine to assist in a possible search of the undercover car, but he failed to turn over the money he had earlier removed from the car and he failed to log any money into evidence from his shift.
The investigation into Pullum began after the Madison Police Department received a citizen’s tip. The department’s Internal Affairs Division immediately contacted federal authorities.