Pennsylvania State Trooper Accused of Running Organized Prostitution and Gambling Ring

State Trooper, Robert E. Covington Jr., is said to have co-owned the Sinners Swing Gentlemen’s Club where the alleged prostitution and gambling ring were operated from. Covington and 3 others have been charged.

An Investigation into the alleged activities began in November 2018, after state police received a tip about the illicit activities taking place at the club. The 17-month investigation was carried out with assistance from the Attorney General’s office.

Covington is charged alongside David P. Klem, the co-owner of the club Employees Michael P. Ball, and Deanne E. Tallo are also facing charges based on their involvement in the operation. The four are charged with carrying out illicit activities including prostitution, gambling, and money laundering.

Covington, who was assigned to the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement’s Pocono Downs Wilkes-Barre Office, was put on restricted duty during the investigation. He is now suspended without pay pending the outcome of the case.

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