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Former Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Sentenced To Five Months Incarceration And Five Months Home Detention – Pleaded Guilty To Theft From Interstate Shipment

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

Stole contents of packages while working as a drug interdiction task force officer

Forfeited $74,745.99


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. today announced the five month prison sentence followed by five months home detention, of a former Louisville Metro Police Department Detective, by Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, in United States District Court, for stealing contents of packages while working as a drug interdiction task force officer.


Kyle Willett, 48, of Spencer County, Kentucky, remains free on an unsecured bond following today’s sentencing hearing. Willet waived indictment by grand jury and plead guilty to a felony Information on December 21, 2016, before Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin, charging the former detective with theft from interstate shipment. A condition of the plea agreement required Willet to forfeit $74,745.99.


Willett admitted to stealing cash from a United Parcel Services (UPS) shipping sorting facility in Louisville, Kentucky, while working as a drug interdiction task force officer.


From January 2016 through August 2016, Willett, while working as an interdiction task force officer, would identify UPS packages that possibly contained cash. He would then take the packages to his vehicle and open them. On a number of occasions, Willett then stole the contents of packages. During this period, he stole approximately $74,745.99 in cash from these packages. As part of the plea agreement, Willett forfeited proceeds traceable (directly and indirectly) to such violation, including but not limited to: a) $72,000 in United States Currency; b) $520.00 in United States Currency; and c) $2,225.99 in United States Currency.


This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bryan Calhoun and was investigated by the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department’s Public Integrity Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Updated April 26, 2017

Public Corruption