Former San Jose Police Polygraph Operator Robert E. Foster Pleads No Contest to Fraud Charges, Faces Three Years in Jail

Robert E. Foster

In July 2020, the Santa Clara County, California District Attorney’s Office charged Robert E. Foster, then a polygraph operator with the San Jose Police Department, “with using his private security company to commit insurance fraud, tax evasion, wage theft, and about $18 million in money laundering.”

On Friday, 14 January 2022, the Santa Clara County, California District Attorney’s Office issued a press release announcing that Foster, who is now retired from the San Jose Police Department, has “pleaded no contest to a series of felony fraud charges and will be sentenced to three years in county jail and two years of mandatory supervision.”

Foster’s wife, Mikaila Foster, has “also pleaded no contest to a variety of related fraud charges” and will face one year in the county jail and five years of probation.

Foster, now a convicted felon, continues to offer polygraph services to the public through his security company, Genesis Private Security (formerly known as Atlas Private Security).

Robert Foster’s listing on California Association of Polygraph Examiners website

As of this writing, Foster continues to be listed as a “certified polygraph examiner” (a legally meaningless term) by the California Association of Polygraph Examiners.

For further reporting on this case, see Bay Area News Group reporter Robert Salonga’s article, “Ex-San Jose cop pleads no contest to worker exploitation with side security business.”

The case against Foster (and a number of co-defendants) is Criminal Case No. C2010222 in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara.

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