Corrupt Cop of the Week
This week's honors go to 14-year Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) veteran Emilio Calatayud, who was sentenced to 27 months in prison on December 16 after pleading guilty to selling information about private citizens that he obtained from law enforcement databases. In his plea agreement last August, Calatayud admitted providing the information to Triple Check Investigative Services, a private company that investigated workers' compensation claims. The DEA vet provided information in at least 100 cases and earned at least $22,500 over six years for his extracurricular services, according to court records.
Calatayud pulled the information from three computer systems which he accessed in the course of his duties: The FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC), which has national records of arrests, convictions and outstanding warrants; the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems (CLETS), a statewide system that compiles arrest records, fingerprints, and motor vehicle records; and the Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Information System (NADDIS), the DEA's own baby, which a Justice Department web page brags has a records on "over 3,500,000 individuals, businesses, vessels, and selected airfields."
Calatayud should have known better than to freelance using official records for unseemly purposes -- that's the government's business.