DEA agents accused of running strip club
Two Drug Enforcement Administration agents, including a supervisor on the New York City organized crime strike force, were busted Wednesday for allegedly secretly running a New Jersey strip club that employed immigrants illegally in the country as dancers.
David Polos, a strike force official who retired in April, and communications specialist Glen Glover were charged in federal court in Manhattan with lying about ownership of the Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge in Hackensack on national security clearance forms.
Prosecutors said the club featured "scantily clad and sometimes topless" performers who provided "limited contact" lap dances, and sometimes sexual acts, in private stalls, and a remote-access video surveillance system that let the agents check in during work hours.
Polos, 51, of West Nyack, whose wife is an NYPD officer, and Glover, 45, of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, whose father was a DEA agent, were both released without bail after a brief court hearing. The DEA had no comment but said Glover is on administrative leave.
Lawyers for both men said their clients weren't guilty. "The charges are unwarranted and meritless and we look forward to fighting those charges," said Polos' lawyer, Avi Moskowitz.
The complaint said Glover and a partner purchased the club in 2010, and Polos loaned them $50,000 with an option to convert it into an ownership stake. From 2011 to 2014 "Twins Plus" bank accounts received more than $600,000 in cash deposits from the business.
Glover, the complaint said, wore a bulletproof vest but hid his law enforcement ties.
Polos allegedly displayed his badge, often flaunted his job -- even claiming at times he worked for the FBI -- and once showed off his gun during a dispute with a partner.
Officials said that if they had disclosed their interest in the club, the two men would probably have been denied security clearances. They each face up to 5 years in prison.
Queens pol wants to fix 'Right of Way' law
The NYPD might have to start considering weather, road conditions, and even jay walking before penalizing a driver for harming pedestrians and bicyclists.
Queens Councilman Rory Lancman plans to introduce legislation amending the "Right of Way" law, which passed as a key part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero street safety agenda.
Lancman said he was dismayed that NYPD officials could not explain how officers apply the law that creates a misdemeanor crime against motorists who fail to "exercise due care," when injuring or killing someone who has the right of way.
But street safety advocates ripped into Lancman's effort as simply a way to put the brakes on enforcing the law against drivers who harm others on the road.
"We're not weakening the law," said Lancman, who called himself a Vision Zero supporter. "The criminal law is unclear and ambiguous, is difficult to enforce and ultimately uphold in the courts."
Judge opens records from 1950s spy case
A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday ordered the unsealing of 1950 grand jury testimony of David Greenglass, the brother of Ethel Rosenberg and long a controversial figure in the notorious atomic spying case.
U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled that with Greenglass now deceased, historical interest in his testimony -- and answering lingering questions about whether he lied about his sister to protect his wife -- outweighed opposition from his family.
"The requested records are critical pieces of an important moment in our nation's history," Hellerstein wrote. "The time for the public to guess what they contain should end."
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were charged with spying for the Soviet Union and executed in 1953. Hellerstein acted on a petition by a coalition of historical groups, historians and journalists.