By Kathryn Watson
Two Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) employees hid a strip club they owned and operated on government time from federal officials, according to court documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
DEA workers Glen Glover of New Jersey and David Polos of New York were convicted Thursday of failing to disclose their business interests in South Hackensack, New Jersey’s “Twins Plus Lounge” and conspiring to hide the club to keep their jobs and top-secret security clearances, according to the Department of Justice.
Polos was also convicted of failing to report his romantic relationship with a Brazilian dancer on federal forms when asked to disclose any close relationships with foreign nationals, the court documents show. The two purchased the club in 2010.
The DEA allowed Polos to retire from his job as an assistant special agent in charge last year, according to NJ.com, and suspended Glover, according to the New York Times.
“Based on surveillance by myself and other law enforcement agents, databases available to law enforcement agents and witness interviews, I know that ‘Twins Plus Lounge’ or ‘Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge’ is an adult entertainment establishment located in South Hackensack, New Jersey, featuring scantily clad and sometimes topless women (“dancers”) and offers private stalls for what are supposed to be limited-contact dances between patrons and those dancers, commonly called ‘lap dances,’” FBI Special Agent Hannah M. Buch said in the complaint.
The DEA workers did some of their strip club work on government time, and Polos used his government-issued phone to conduct club business. Polos sent club-related texts from his DEA work cell phone, including one on Aug. 18, 2011, saying “bring your cooler to the bar” and another saying “we need to move ice machine” on the same date, according to court documents.
Polos, during an argument with an unnamed co-manager’s wife, lifted up his pant leg, pointed to a gun on his ankle, and said, “this is the boss. I am the boss,” the documents said. (RELATED: DEA Gave Bonuses To Sex Party-Hosting Agents, Supervisors)
Most of the club’s dancers were undocumented immigrants from Russia and Brazil. Polos and the other owners let an undocumented Brazilian dancer work double shifts to save money to repay smugglers who set up her illegal entry into the country. Polos also loaned the dancer bail money after she was arrested in 2012 for assault and criminal mischief in an altercation with a local police officer outside the club, court records added.
Polos sometimes wore his badge and told people at the club he worked for the FBI, and Glover at least once wore a bulletproof vest to Twins Plus, court documents said.
Glover was responsible for dealing with dancers and managing bartending staff, and collected between $10 and $30 per night from dancers who worked at the club, court records claim.
When Polos and Glover are sentenced on a yet-to-be-announced date, they will face up to 15 and 10 years behind bars, respectively.