December 11, 2023

A former Murrieta Police Division detective pleaded responsible on Friday, Oct. 13, to soliciting bribes from a Colombian artwork vendor in trade for serving to him enter and work in the US, the U.S. Division of Justice stated.

Paul John Gollogly, 74, of Temecula, pleaded responsible to at least one rely of bribery in U.S. District Courtroom in Riverside.

Gollogly started working for Murrieta police in March 2013 to guide its anti cash laundering program, in response to his plea settlement. He dealt with confidential informants registered with the division, together with non-U.S. residents who wanted authorization from the U.S. authorities to enter and work within the nation.

In April 2013, Gollogly registered a Colombian nationwide and rich artwork vendor who owned artwork galleries in New York and Spain and a resort in Mexico as a confidential informant with the Murrieta Police Division. Gollogly had registered that vendor as a confidential informant when Gollogly labored at a Florida police division.

From April 2013 to February 2020, Gollogly helped the vendor receive varied immigration advantages, together with authorization from the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety to permit him to enter and work in the US for one yr at a time. Gollogly additionally tried to help with the vendor’s everlasting residency utility.