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Florida Sheriff’s Moonlighting Activities Under Investigation

Federal prosecutors are investigating if Florida’s Broward County Sheriff, Ken Jenne, has defrauded the public under the “honest services mail and wire fraud” sections of federal law.

The probe began with subpoenas for Jenne’s bank records and those of other Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) employees. The investigation started after mainstream media exposed moonlighting activities of Jenne. That outside work consisted of Jenne acting as a security consultant for a BCSO vendor and a company advising the Seminole Indian tribe.

One of Jenne’s longtime secretaries, Marian Yoka, advised prosecutors of a $20,000 loan that she acted as an intermediary for, between Jenne and an acquaintance. Jenne needed that money to pay his 2003 income taxes. He signed a promissory note to repay the loan. Jenne, however, failed to claim that loan on any financial disclosure forms that must be filed with the State Commission on Ethics. The question now is: did the third party receive any special favor for the loan?

The disclosure of bank records reveal Jenne received $64,000 for his moonlighting activities. The bulk of that money, $60,000 came from T&M Protection Resources of New York, who advises the Seminole tribe.

The other $4,000 came from Innovative Surveillance Technologies, a BCSO vendor, for the development of manuals to train the Barbados police force. Three BCSO deputies wrote up antiterrorism and drug training lesson plans while on duty. PowerPoint presentations and other lesson plans were designed by an on-duty crime analyst, who also charged overtime for the project.

When it came time to do the actual training, seven deputies took BCSO computers, training taps, satellite phones, and radios to Barbados in January 2004. Innovative paid each deputy $1,000.

While Jenne is not the target of a federal grand jury investigation, that could change if prosecutors present their evidence.

Source: Miami Herald.

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