The 2 longtime DEA agents charged in federal court with lying about their ownership of a New Jersey strip club
David Polos, 51, and Glen Glover, 45, were arrested by the FBI, accused of making false statements on national security background check forms
Polos and Glover lied about their stake in a New Jersey strip club
Face five years in prison
Defense argue that ownership of stake in the club doesn’t mean agent works there.
The pair of federal drug investigators refused to disclose that they were running a New Jersey strip joint because they wanted to keep secret their sordid double lives, a Manhattan prosecutor said Tuesday.
The trial of Glen Glover, 46, and David Polos, 52, opened with Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Monteleoni charging that the pair intentionally mislead the Drug Enforcement Administration about their stake in the Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge in South Hackensack.
“The evidence will show that these lies were not mistakes. They were not accidents,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Monteleoni.
Benjamin Venegas, left, and Raphael Carrion were charged after a bloody brawl outside the Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge owned by two DEA agents.
Glover and Polos are each charged with conspiracy and making false statements for submitting national security forms in 2011 that stated they had no outside employment.
The drug-fighting duo were in fact running an exotic club where drug use was rife and dancers — many of whom were illegal immigrants — engaged in sex acts with their clients, prosecutors say.
“The defendants lived a double life,” Monteleoni said. “It wasn’t enough for them to work in law enforcement. They also wanted to run an adult club on the side.”
The feds say Glover, a civilian DEA employee from West Nyack, L.I., was in charge of the club. His Lyndhurst, N.J.-based pal Polos, a former assistant special agent in charge, often swaggered around the mammary mecca flashing his DEA badge and gun. The married Polos also dated a Brazilian dancer who was in the country illegally, prosecutors said.
But Polos’ lawyer Marc Mukasey described him as a “devoted, dedicated die-hard DEA agent” who merely invested about $20,000 into Glover’s club but didn’t work there.
“It was a good little hobby, a good way to blow off steam and maybe an investment that would make a little money,” Mukasey said.
“Investing in a bar and showing up and doing some tasks around the bar is not outside employment,” the lawyer added.
Glover’s lawyer Cathy Fleming also argued that her client’s stake in the bar did not constitute as employment.
“These guys were not tending bar. They were not washing dishes. They were not cooking food,” Fleming said. “They were not doing any more than sweat equity.”
Glover and Polos were arrested in May 2015. Glover has been placed on an indefinite suspension; Polos retired shortly before he was arrested.
Barbra Roach, a DEA special agent who was in charge of policing employees’ backgrounds in 2011, testified that owning such an establishment made agents vulnerable to “blackmail” and “disclosing national security information.”
How is the joint Doing?
Indications are thet the returns from the flesh pandering business is not all it is cracked up to be, after all. Documents showed the agents complaining about warm beers, a bug infestation and a shortage of mop heads to clean the floors.
“I fixed the chair . . . can you tell [an unidentified person] to stop having sex with (a stripper) on the chair, it’s just not built to handle all the added weight,” one manager texted Glover in October 2011. In December 2011, Glover wrote to a co-manager: “It’s nice to see your (sic) not checking the lap dance rooms condoms everywhere.”
The feds said Glover, 45, of Lyndhurst, was in charge of the club. He is suspended from his job as a telecommunications specialist.
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