Mississippi FBI agent Hal Neilson is back on the job, gun, badge and all, just days before he’s set to retire, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.
Neilson’s attorney said he was resinstated on Monday, weeks after he was acquitted on two counts centering around allegations that he lied about his financial holdings in a building the FBI leased in Oxford, Miss.
Prosecutors subsequently dropped three other counts that jury had deadlocked on.
The paper reported that Neilson plans to retire Dec. 31.
Neilson claimed during trial that Michael Turner – the Jackson FBI office’s top lawyer until 2008 — told him he could buy into the company so long as he was a passive, silent partner.
Turner denied that, but admitted losing focus on details in his waning years with the FBI.