By Steve Neavling
A former DEA agent who was convicted last year of lying about operating a New Jersey strip club was spared jail time on Wednesday and given probation.
David Polos, an ex-assistant special agent-in-charge with the DEA, lied about his stake in the Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge strip club in South Hackensack, New Jersey during a national security background check.
Sentencing guidelines called for Polos, 52, to be sentenced up to six months in prison, Reuters reports.
“I stand before you today as a disgraced husband, an outcast in my own profession, and ashamed to be in my own skin,” Polos told District Judge Paul Gardephe in court.
Polos, of West Nyack, New York, was found guilty in June along with Glen Glover, a former DEA telecommunications specialist, on conspiracy and false statement charges in connection with the club, where prosecutors said they were part-owners and worked.
Jurors also convicted Polos for lying about having a relationship with any foreign nationals for not disclosing he was having an extramarital affair with a Brazilian dancer who prosecutors said entered the United States illegally.
Prosecutors said that during background checks in 2011 used to spot any outside employment that could put them near criminal activity or create risks of being blackmailed, Polos and Glover failed to disclose that they were running the club.
The club featured scantily clad and sometimes topless female dancers, including some who engaged in sexual acts with patrons and staff, and many who are illegal, undocumented immigrants, prosecutors have said.
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