Detective Richard Palase, 46 years old and a 15-year NYPD veteran, was arrested today for running a covert gambling operation that reeled in at least 6,000 dollars every day.
Palase allegedly led the gambling ring while also doubling as an undercover cop in Operation Ivy League. Around this time last year, Palase, according to the Daily News in a feature back in December, was so convincingly shady as an undercover cop that he got the downtown drug suppliers of the Columbia Five to confide to Palase a plot to kidnap a rival drug dealer.
Now we know where that shadiness came from.
Two city firemen were also arrested in Operation NYPD-Find-A-Better-Way-To-Screen-Your-Officers.