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Ex-Iowa State Patrol supervisor sentenced for stealing pills

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MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa State Patrol supervisor who pleaded guilty to stealing prescription painkillers seized during criminal investigations has been sentenced to a suspended two-year prison sentence.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2hQC2Ww ) that 32-year-old Michael Haugen, of Forest City, was also fined $625, plus court costs, on Monday. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of theft and tampering with records in October.

Court records say Haugen acknowledged removing pills from evidence bags about 18 times in up to eight different cases between late 2014 and April. An investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation found that he stole roughly 150 pills.

Haugen acknowledged that he developed an addiction to painkillers while battling intestinal problems.

Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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