Former DEA Agent Sentenced For Making False Statements Regarding Employment At Adult Entertainment Establishment
Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that DAVID POLOS, formerly an Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge with the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), was sentenced to one year of probation, 250 hours of community service, and $5,300 in financial penalties for conspiracy and making false statements to the government regarding his and a DEA colleague’s employment at an adult entertainment establishment. POLOS, who was convicted at trial along with co-conspirator and former DEA colleague Glen Glover on June 9, 2016, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe. In sentencing POLOS, Judge Gardephe said that POLOS’s behavior was “truly shocking” for a law enforcement official who held “a great deal of responsibility.”
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Bharara said: “David Polos, a former supervisory DEA agent, was sentenced today for lying on his national security forms. Even more so than others, federal agents, sworn to enforce the law, must first obey it themselves. Polos violated his oath and broke the law. He now stands a convicted felon.”
According to the evidence established at trial:
POLOS, who supervised the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Strike Force as an Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge, and Glover lied about his employment at, and ownership interests in, an adult entertainment establishment (the “Club”) in Northern New Jersey in connection with a background check that was specifically designed to determine their suitability as employees of a federal law enforcement agency with access to classified information. POLOS also failed to disclose, in response to a question about his relationships with foreign nationals, his intimate relationship with a Brazilian national who danced at the Club. The national security forms POLOS and Glover submitted in connection with the background check required disclosure of outside employment in part due to concerns attendant to certain types of employment, including proximity to crime and persons involved in crime and the risk of employee blackmail.
Glover and POLOS submitted national security forms in August and September 2011, respectively, that stated, among other things, that they did not have employment other than their DEA jobs within the previous seven years, and that POLOS had not had any close, continuing contact with foreign nationals during that same period of time. In fact, Glover was the part owner of, and POLOS had a convertible ownership interest in, the Club. POLOS had, at the time he submitted his form, begun an intimate relationship with a foreign national from Brazil who worked as a dancer at the Club. POLOS and Glover had been warned by others, including Club employees, that at times drug use, drug sales, and illicit sexual activity appeared to be taking place at and outside the Club, which also operated as an all-cash business and did not pay required taxes during its first year in operation.
POLOS and Glover both worked regular managerial shifts at the Club in the months prior to and following their submission of the national security forms. They also hired, fired, and paid bartenders, dancers, and bouncers; supervised the Club’s renovation, advertised the Club in local periodicals; manned a back office available only to employees; remotely monitored video camera feed from the Club when not present; and generally tended to various Club-related matters. POLOS and Glover at times attended to Club matters during DEA work hours.
Had POLOS and Glover truthfully disclosed their employment at the Club, their ownership and involvement in the affairs of the Club would have been investigated as part of their background checks, and the security clearances that they were required to maintain as federal law enforcement employees likely would have been denied.
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POLOS, 51, of West Nyack, New York, and Glover, 45, of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, were convicted of one count of conspiracy to make false statements, and were each convicted of one count of making false statements, in connection with their work at the Club. POLOS was convicted of an additional count of false statements in connection with his failure to disclose his relationship with a foreign national. Glover is due to be sentenced on February 10, 2017.
Mr. Bharara praised the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General. He also thanked the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division for its assistance.
This case is being handled by the Office’s Public Corruption Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Martin S. Bell, Andrew D. Goldstein, and Paul M. Monteleoni are in charge of the prosecution.