Las Vegas Police Department tells FBI to stop talking to Judge about corruption - Baltimore Post-ExaminerBaltimore Post-Examiner

Las Vegas Police Department tells FBI to stop talking to Judge about corruption

LAS VEGAS — The Baltimore Post-Examiner was told that in 2017 then-Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Las Vegas Division, Patrick Brodsky, to have a special agent cease contact with Las Vegas Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson who was providing the agent with information relating to police corruption in the LVMPD.

Brodsky at the time was the second in command of the Las Vegas Division of the FBI working directly under Special Agent in Charge, Aaron Rouse.

Brodsky retired from the FBI at the end of April.

Todd Fasulo retired from the LVMPD in December 2017. He started employment at Wynn Resorts in January 2018 as the Executive Director of Crisis Management and Response.

FBI Agent Patrick Brodsky (FBI photo)

Several Las Vegas media outlets reported in April that Patrick Brodsky upon his retirement from the FBI will be accepting an unspecified executive role with Wynn Resorts.

On May 8 the Baltimore Post-Examiner sent a media request via email to the FBI Las Vegas Division requesting comment on the following:

Did then-Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo of the LVMPD contact the FBI Las Vegas Division at any time to force any member of the bureau to cease contact with Clark County Judge, Melanie Andress-Tobiasson?

Was any FBI agent pulled off the ongoing corruption investigation involving the LVMPD and reassigned and told to cease contact with Judge Andress-Tobiasson?

Was any agent told not to talk to Judge Tobiasson because the FBI wanted to protect the LVMPD or is it because it may jeopardize an ongoing investigation and if so how would talking to a sitting judge who has pertinent information jeopardize a criminal investigation?

Is the FBI federal corruption probe on the LVMPD being directed by the Public Integrity Section at FBI HQ in Washington or is it a local office investigation?

You are aware that Judge Tobiasson has gone on the record with local media and has stated that she fears for her life from some LVMPD police officers?

Is there a standing federal grand jury investigating police corruption involving the LVMPD and has that investigation gone beyond just the Vice Unit?

Are indictments forthcoming?

The FBI did not respond to the Baltimore Post-Examiner.

Fasulo did not return calls to the Baltimore Post-Examiner.  Brodsky could not be reached for a comment.

Law enforcement sources who spoke to the Baltimore Post-Examiner stated that the FBI Las Vegas Division and the LVMPD have multiple joint task forces in operation, including the Criminal Apprehension Team, Joint Terrorism Task Force, and others.  Many LVMPD officers assigned to these FBI/LVMPD task forces are deputized as deputy United States Marshals, according to one source.

One law enforcement source stated that the brother of one of the detectives implicated in the vice corruption scandal is assigned to one of the FBI/LVMPD joint task forces.




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Doug Poppa is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 40 years of experience. In 1986 Mr. Poppa was awarded “Criminal Investigator of the Year” by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. He was also re-assigned to the Northern Virginia Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force for 18 months. In 1991 and again in 1992 Mr. Poppa’s testimony under oath in court led to the discovery that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense by the prosecutor and sheriff’s office officials during the 1988 trial of a man accused of attempted murder of his wife that led to his conviction. As a result of his testimony the man was ordered released from prison, given a new trial in 1992 and found not guilty. Mr. Poppa became the subject of local and national news media attention as a result of his testimony which led to the demise of his 12-year police career. After losing his job, at the request of the FBI, Mr. Poppa infiltrated in an undercover capacity a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont Chemical fortune heir and his wife in 1992. His stories have been featured on Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and CBS News’ Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Contact the author.

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