The forms show that two other officers, Vargas and Bryant, also worked at the barber shop a total of 16 times during that period. Neither Vargas nor Bryant could be reached for comment.
The nature of the off-duty work is not described in the documents, nor are the documents signed by hand by any supervisors — the typical procedure for approving off-duty work. The city’s finance department has no records showing the barber shop paid any surcharges required of all vendors who hire Miami police for off-duty work.
According to the documents, the requests for off-duty work were made by Lavard Clements, one of the five men arrested in March in the South Miami-Dade gambling probe. Clements, of Miami Gardens, is listed as the main corporate officer for the companies that owned Player’s Choice and the Redland Barber Shop, which was also a target of the gambling investigation.
Clements has pleaded not guilty to the gambling charges. His attorney, Frank Rubio, declined to comment.
Investigators believe the police protection was originally arranged in the spring of 2010 by Hodge, through her friendship with 35-year-old Maurice Hanks, another co-defendant in the gambling case. Hodge and Hanks grew up in the same neighborhood, said Hodge’s lawyer, Michael Feiler.
Feiler strongly denied that his client played any role in arranging the protection scheme at Player’s Choice, and said Hodge was unaware of any gambling activity at the shop.
“My client is being scapegoated because of her prior relationship with Hanks,” Feiler said. Hanks’ attorney, Arthur Jones, did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Feiler said it was Dauphin, not Hodge, who organized the barber-shop detail, and said Hodge merely filled in a handful of times. Dauphin “was the one who collected money from the business owners and distributed it to the officers,” Feiler said.
Feiler said Hodge believed the barber-shop job was an officially approved off-duty detail, sanctioned by the 1,100-member department. “The officers might not know if an off-duty detail is sanctioned, especially if they are just filling in for somebody and it isn’t their regular shift,” he said.
Feiler also said Hodge was “approached” by FBI agents last fall in an effort to compel her to cooperate with authorities, but instead she contacted him.
A message left with Hodge’s roommate, Crocker, was not returned.
Hodge has been a Miami police officer since 2006. The police department has refused to comment on her status, and has not made her personnel file available to reporters.
Dauphin, a police officer since 1996, was most recently assigned to the Model City neighborhood, personnel records show. He has been disciplined 17 times, including two reprimands for insubordination to superiors, personnel records show.
In 2001, he had to surrender 40 hours of overtime after he ignored a judge’s order to turn in his gun when he was off-duty. Dauphin told supervisors “he was working too many off-duty jobs and didn’t have time to turn in his weapon on a daily basis,” records show. Dauphin also has received 21 commendations since 1998. James was an eight-year department veteran who last worked in the Model City neighborhood before he resigned in November, city records show. He generally received above-average performance evaluations, and he received nine commendations over his career.
James also was reprimanded seven times, mostly for traffic accidents or failing to appear for court hearings, records show.
The protection probe has also led to the recent resignation of an internal affairs detective, Kenneth Joseph, who was accused of leaking information about the FBI probe. Information about Joseph’s resignation came out this week, when Miami police Internal Affairs Sgt. Ron Luquis testified during the unrelated federal trial of another city police sergeant charged with planting drugs on a suspect and stealing dope and money from dealers.
The suspected protection scheme at the barber shop was uncovered after Miami-Dade detectives and FDLE agents noticed Miami police cars frequently parked near the shop when it was under surveillance in the gambling scheme. Miami-Dade then alerted the FBI.
After the police raided Player’s Choice, one suspected gambler, 49-year-old Latrone Fisher, told investigators that he thought the shop was run by the police, noting the “marked blue units” of Miami patrol cars he saw outside, according to records from the gambling probe.
El Nuevo Herald reporter Melissa Sanchez contributed to this article.