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Best way for police to misuse taxpayer money: Buying gold teeth and going to the strip club

Buying gold teeth and going to the strip club

An internal report alleges that Tampa Police Sergeant Daniel Rhodes told officers they could “blow the money and have fun” as part of a 2020 undercover investigation at a Tampa strip club where taxpayers paid for the cover charge, drinks for cops, drinks for the dancers, drinks for the dancer’s friends, shots for the bartender, a pack of cigarettes, cover charge for the “lap dance area” and one lap dance each. In a separate incident, an investigation found that Rhodes issued another officer $300 of police department “draw money”; the officer then used $270 of that draw money, combined with $170 of his own, to purchase custom 10-karat gold teeth.