A special agent with the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement filed a written plea of not guilty to falsifying a judge’s signature on a search warrant in Polk County District Court last week.
Jonathan Borg, 39, who is charged with felonious misconduct in office, turned himself in to the Polk County Jail Tuesday for processing and posted a $5,000 bond. He is accused of forging signature of Polk County District Court Judge Christopher McDonald on a returned search warrant in connection with a narcotics investigation in Des Moines, according to trial information.
If convicted, Borg faces up to five years in prison.
Borg has been with the narcotics division for 16 years, according to a statement from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Borg was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of his criminal case and a separate administrative review by the department.
“Agents with narcotics enforcement will continue to work with integrity and dedication in communities all across the state,” narcotics division director Steve DeJoode said in a statement. “Regardless of the current controversy, we will remain focused on our primary goal – to remove drugs from our streets and minimize the devastating impact these substances have on our youth and our families.
The Polk County Attorney referred the case to the Iowa Attorney General’s Area Prosecutions Division for review and prosecution because potential witnesses include employees for the attorney’s office and the county courthouse.