Former cop accused of pawning weapons had gambling addiction, lawyer says

Attorney for Yan Kleyman says police top brass 'condoned his addiction'

By Peter Burke - Managing Editor

Yan Kleyman is accused of pawning guns and other equipment from the Hallandale Beach Police Department where he worked.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - A former Hallandale Beach police officer accused of pawning department-issued weapons and other items had a gambling addiction that was well-known to his superiors, his attorney told

Yan Kleyman was arrested on a charge of dealing in stolen property, Chief Sonia Quinones said Friday in a video posted on the Hallandale Beach Police Department's Facebook page.

Quinones said a routine audit uncovered that Kleyman conducted pawn transactions with department-issued equipment.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Kleyman conducted 15 separate pawnbroker transactions involving department-issued items between March 2017 and August 2018. Among the items sold were a semiautomatic rifle and a semiautomatic pistol.

"He's no longer a member of our police department," Quinones said.

Miami attorney Richard L. Cooper told in an email Friday night that the top brass at the Hallandale Beach Police Department knew about his client's gambling addiction for years.

"Kleyman's superiors knew about his mental health condition, condoned his addiction and went as far as to deduct his gambling debts from his paychecks to repay his creditor fellow officers," Cooper said.

In another email, Cooper said the department went so far as to cancel its annual casino night last year in what he believes was a response to Kleyman's known gambling addiction.

"The chief is covering for herself and her department," Cooper said. "While my client will take responsibility for what he did, the city of Hallandale failed Kleyman, a faithful employee who protected his city for years, and is now scrambling to protect themselves when they should have been helping their own years ago."

Kleyman was hired by the Hallandale Beach Police Department in November 2011.

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