A former Dunwoody Police detective has pleaded guilty to disclosing sensitive law enforcement information in exchange for receiving kickbacks for him and his family.

Robert Pasquale Bentivegna, 64, of Woodstock, Georgia, pleaded guilty to computer fraud for accessing information in the GCIC database for an improper purpose.  Sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2015 before United States District Judge Leigh Martin May.

“It is a sad day when a career law enforcement officer turns his back on decades of public service by selling his access to sensitive law enforcement information,” Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn said.  “Bentivegna’s conduct undermines trust in law enforcement and could have exposed the public to significant harm.”

Bentivegna, in exchange for valuable personal items for himself and his family, performed searches and informed the confidential informant about active arrest warrants listed under the informant’s name in the Georgia Crime Information Center (“GCIC”) database.

Such information can be valuable information to criminals, allowing them to flee before authorities can arrest them.  In exchange, over the course of approximately 18 months, Bentivegna received airline tickets for his wife and him to travel to New York. His daughter received a convertible car, which she used for over a year, and his son received a car to drive for a period of time.

FBI Atlanta Field Office Special Agent in Charge J. Britt Johnson said the FBI’s number one criminal investigative program remains that of public corruption due to the vast harm that it can cause.

“The guilty plea of former Dunwoody Det. Bentivegna illustrates the betrayal of the badge by a very seasoned law enforcement officer and the consequences that he now faces for this betrayal,” Johnson said.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Horn, the charges and other information presented in court: In July 2011, Bentivegna, a career law enforcement officer employed at the time with the Dunwoody, Georgia, Police Department and who had also served as a federal task force officer, began using an individual connected with a variety of illegal activities as a confidential informant.

“Acts of corruption within the Department of Homeland Security represent a serious threat to our nation and undermines the integrity of all DHS employees, who strive to maintain the integrity of the Department,” said James E. Ward, Special Agent in Charge, DHS-OIG. “The Office of Inspector General and its law enforcement partners will continue to pursue allegations of corruption and hold such shameless individuals like Mr. Bentivegna accountable.”

Assistant United States Attorney Garrett L. Bradford is prosecuting the case.

One reply on “Former Dunwoody Police detective pleads guilty to running fraudulent warrant checks”

  1. Can someone find out if this dirty cop still gets his Dekalb and/or Dunwoody Pension?

    Can someone find out if he is free while waiting for sentencing? If so why was he given that luxury?

    Sentencing was supposed to be today (June 1, 2015) but the sentencing was delayed until June 30th at 10am. When I went to the courthouse today it sounds like his lawyer asked for more time to be sentenced but no one was positive. If he is out on bail this is more free time outside of a jail for a bad cop who helped the very drug dealing criminals his co-workers were trying to arrest.

    Lots of questions here.

    And consider this if this bad cop gets a slap on the wrist for “Computer Fraud” instead of many more serious chargers : Around the same time Dunwoody Detective Robert Pasquale Bentivegna was secretly helping drug dealers,
    a kid by the name of Aaron Swartz was arrested after downloading academic journal articles from JSTOR. Like the dirty cop case this was a Federal Case. Federal prosecutors charged Aaron with two counts of wire fraud and 11 violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, carrying a cumulative maximum penalty of $1 million in fines, 35 years in prison, asset forfeiture, restitution, and supervised release. After the threat of such an extensive punishment Mr. Swartz took his life rather than go to prison. It seems reasonable that a corrupt cop who helped drug dealers would face more time than Mr. Swartz for similar Computer Fraud charges. Also, why didn’t the corrupt cop face more counts if he helped drug dealers with confidential police information multiple times (free airline tickets, free use of a car, etc). To make matters worse the corrupt cop profited from his crimes and Mr. Swartz did not.

    If you live in Dunwoody, or you are a legit police officer from anywhere in GA, please take some time at the end of the month to show up at the sentencing to let the Judge know why this cop should do at least half the time Mr. Swartz was threatened with.

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