In a bizarre case, a former high-ranking West Nyack U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, who also worked as a manager at a New Jersey strip club was sentenced Wednesday to one year of probation for hiding his double life.
David Polos, 51, was also sentenced to 250 hours of community service and $5,300 in financial penalties for conspiracy and making false statements to the government, according to Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Polos, who wept and asked for forgiveness, during his sentencing, was also caught having an affair with an illegal immigrant dancer from Brazil, who worked at the club, the indictment said.
The former supervisor of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Strike Force, Polos was convicted last year along with another DEA agent, Glen Glover, 45, of Lyndhurst, N.J., in a case that U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe called "truly shocking" for a law enforcement official who held “a great deal of responsibility."
“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," said Bharara.
According to the evidence established at trial, Polos lied about his employment and ownership interest in Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge in South Hackensack, during a background check and on national security forms that asked about outside employment that would put him at a risk for blackmail or in close proximity to criminals.
Both men put on the forms that they did not have any other employment other than their DEA jobs, Bharara said.
At the time Polos filled out and submitted the forms he was having an affair with the dancer and 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 taxes during its first year in operation, the indictment said.
Polos, who was allowed to retire before he was charged, is collecting a pension.
Glover is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.