A prosecutor in Miami — the same prosecutor that tried and failed to convict Carlos Miller for flagrantly committing journalism while covering an Occupy protest — has been fired for flashing his badge at a strip club to get out of paying too much for his lapdances.
Ari Pregen picked the wrong strip club to throw his weight around. On January 26, the Miami-Dade assistant state attorney gained free admission for himself and two pals into downtown Miami’s Goldrush by flashing his work badge at the titty bar’s executive manager Jeff Levy. A few hours later, Pregen again whipped out his law enforcement credentials so he wouldn’t have to pay a 15 percent credit card surcharge on lap dances he purchased.
Seven days later, Pregen pulled the same stunt, according to a complaint Levy filed with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. When his bosses confronted him about his douchetastic behavior, Pregen twice denied abusing his badge despite video evidence to the contrary. Naturally, the rookie prosecutor (hired in May 2012) got canned from his $40,000 a year job on February 8.
This is the second assistant prosecutor to be fired for corruption after trying, and failing, to convict Miller for videotaping the police doing their jobs.