A Metro-East tow truck driver was indicted on three felony charges Wednesday, including theft of government property and making false statements to the FBI and to a federal grand jury.
According to a Department of Justice statement, the FBI conducted an "integrity test" in East St. Louis where federal agents placed diamond earrings, a purse, a debit card, and other valuables in a vehicle which appeared to be stolen and abandoned.
After responding to a call to tow the vehicle, the indictment alleges, Eddie Johnson, Jr., 46, pocketed the diamond earrings and other valuables. The statement says Johnson then lied to the FBI and a federal grand jury in the investigation of the theft.
As part of the test, FBI agents had wired the vehicle with audio and video surveillance devices.
If convicted, Johnson faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.