“The defendant had an opportunity to say ‘no’ and he said otherwise,” Waugh told the jurors. “The defendant is not contesting anything [in evidence], and there was no entrapment in this case.”
But perhaps Frederick’s biggest mistake was looking up to Dauphin as a role model in the first place.
From 2010 to 2012, Dauphin had led a group of officers suspected of providing off-the-books protection for a sports-gambling racket that operated out of the Player’s Choice Barber Shop, 6301 NW Sixth Ave.
Long before pleading guilty to an extortion charge alleging he received $5,000, Dauphin agreed to wear a wire for the FBI in a sting operation targeting other suspected bad cops.
Among his targets: Frederick. Last year, Dauphin persuaded Frederick to provide protection for a check-cashing store at the corner of Northwest 79th Street and Seventh Avenue.
Dauphin, who recorded their conversations, told Frederick that a courier would be carrying $40,000 or $50,000 in “stolen or fraudulent checks,” according to an affidavit written by FBI special agent Donald Morin.
Frederick agreed to protect the courier from possible robbers.
On four occasions while under FBI surveillance, Frederick escorted the courier driving a black Camaro to and from the check-cashing store. He was paid $200 each time, for a total of $800, in August and September of last year.
The following month, Bazile took over where Dauphin left off. Bazile, who joined the force in 2008 and had known Frederick from high school, asked his friend if he would be interested in supplying the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of people for a tax-refund scam.
Last October, Bazile paid his colleague $600 in cash for turning over two lists with 52 IDs taken from a police database.
At his own trial this week, Bazile, who chose not to cut a plea deal like Dauphin, was convicted of stealing 1,000 identities from the same police database for tax fraud and pocketing about $140,000 in IRS refunds in 2011-12.