UPDATED: Sheriff Lamberti Needs to Come Clean on Son's Super Bowl Dream

Remember those first-class Super Bowl credentials that Sheriff Al Lamberti wrangled for his son from the NFL for last year's game while his agency provided security for the event?

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Will Lamberti get to the bottom of the mysterious Super Bowl caper?
Well, the South Florida Times is dogging him about it, and some interesting things are happening as a result.

For one, Lamberti is denying that the credentials for his son constitute a disclosable gift from the NFL, the newspaper reports this morning. BSO is also apparently claiming that it doesn't know where the document pictured at right came from or where it is today.

UPDATED:  I spoke with BSO Capt. Robert Schnakenberg who oversaw the Super Bowl detail and is one of the names listed on the "matrix" above.

Schnakenberg said BSO still has the matrix document. He said it has not been destroyed, though he conceded that it had been edited somewhat through the process, with names added and deleted. He said Nick Lamberti's name is still on the document.

Schnakenberg also for the first time explained the sheriff's son's presence at the Super Bowl. He said that the sheriff invited his

son and that the NFL agreed to give him the same pass as the sheriff -- which basically gave him carte blanche around the stadium. Schnakenberg said Nick Lamberti was added to the AFC team security matrix because, again, he needed to have the same all-access pass as his dad and he said that not only did the NFL know about the sheriff's son's attendance but so did federal authorities including the FBI.

This explanation to me emphasizes the fact that the all-access pass was basically a gift from the NFL to the Lamberti family. But Schnakenberg says it's a matter of interpretation and that he, along with the sheriff presumably, determined that the Super Bowl pass had no value.

"There is no value to that credential," Schnakenberg said. "[Nick Lamberti] was being invited to attend the game and the NFL made him a pass. The public couldn't purchase that credential so it's actually zero value."

On that point we disagreed. I believe the pass did have value, well over $1,000, and that Lamberti's should have disclosed it as a gift from the NFL on state ethics forms and that he still should disclose it as a gift.

And that to me is the sheriff's problem here. He clearly used the power of his office to get his 16-year-old son a much-coveted all-access credentials to the game. To receive the gift Lamberti had to put his son on the VIP protection team, even giving him a bogus employee number (BSO-0000). 

That is why it's pretty clear that Lamberti should have disclosed the credentials as a gift worth well in the four figures and, having failed to do that, should now amend his public disclosure forms to reflect that fact.

But he's digging in his heels. "Over 300 people from BSO got credentials, and hundreds more from other agencies got credentials, and I'm sure no one thought they were getting a gift," sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal told the Times

Let's break this down. Number one, I would assume that every other BSO person who received credentials for the Super Bowl were deputies who were actually working. For instance, I know that a lot of jail employees were paid overtime to help man the event, and they sure as hell weren't hanging out with Peyton Manning. 

Secondly, Nick Lamberti wasn't working; he's not a deputy and doesn't have the training to do security. He was there to hang out with the Indianapolis Colts and soak up a once-in-a-lifetime experience, not protect football players.

Bottom line: The sheriff should just 'fess up to the gift, report it, and take his lumps if there are any, from the Florida Ethics Commission.    


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jad
jad

Hey PianoPlayer. Are you getting all of this??? How is that complaint going? There is more here (and in Elgin Jones’ article at South Florida Times). (Elgin Jones gave a report about the form 45 that was dictated by policy to have been filed and signed by EVERYONE in the chain of command, and repeated the excuse given by Leljedal that NOTHING was really filed by any of the officers that benefited from the perks of the off-duty detail because these off-duty officers had reasoned that they had followed a list manufactured by someone outside their organization.) This whole scheme can be proven to have violated the policy of the department. Gimmesamore is correct about the usage of the BSO logo. So, either way that the excuse is given with the finger pointing in regards to the (altered, falsified, or destroyed) documents puts these characters in the wrong. Judge Sirica said that credentials obtained by fraud probably could not be considered a gift. If your complaint has enough material, maybe some type of criminal charge will be able to be made and forwarded to a State Attorney who will actually follow through with his or her sworn duty. Mobius left a comment that LAMBERTI GOT AWAY WITH THAT SAME EXACT SCHEME, WHEN HE PARTICIPATED WITH THAT RACKETEER SCOTT ROTHSTEIN AT THE ORANGE BOWL. For a continuing enterprise, all you need to prove is two or more acts by two or more persons. Ministry of Truth says that Schnakenberg was the captain in command of the assignments for the Super Bowl. So, you’ve got at least one accomplice in this adventure.

I agree with Patti Lynn’s comment that “What concerns me now is the scrubbing of the files. That's a big No No, and really unexplainable,” and with skydove’s response. What we have in this situation is a sergeant on the Broward County Sheriff’s Department admitting to a document being “edited somewhat through the process.” In addition, this sergeant, who was identified as the captain of the off-duty detail for the Super Bowl, seems to feel that nothing is wrong in the matter, by providing information that the federal authorities (including the FBI) know all about it. (Does this make right the violation of departmental policy, non-reporting of income, and taking action contrary to law?) This law enforcement officer seems to think that the son of the sheriff would not have to be bothered with ordinary civilian life, when being given a priceless attendee credential as a “guest.” Maybe the sheriff’s spokesman knows more about the life of the teenage son of the sheriff than any one else in Broward County. Is he a star athlete entitled to such an extraordinary invitation? Was the sheriff’s son able to provide something of value in exchange for the incalculable offer? Was there no need for negotiations because of a beyond price entourage or star power, like that of a Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, or other celebrity that would be able to bring more to the table than what would be consumed?

The invaluable gifted credential to the teenage son of the sheriff is one matter, and the non-reporting of the off-duty detail by all of the officers on any state forms (or IRS return) is another matter, but the outright lying, conniving, and manipulating about these matters is more serious. A cover-up of any of the details does present a problem, and a question arises as to how many other files may have been altered or have disappeared (including the one admitted to). John McNamara consistently brings out a story (in regards to Donald Baker & his web site terrorisminblue.com) about the alteration and falsification of surveillance video tendered by the Hollywood Police Department, which altered video helped convict an innocent man of charges alleging he had been involved as an aggressor against certain police officers, when certain police officers had savagely beaten this man to a pulp. What John McNamara reveals is that the Hollywood Police Officers made up a story (about Donald Baker) to fit the circumstance that they wanted to be filed for a court proceeding (with the ever-loving help of State Attorney Michael Satz, and with the assistance of Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, which had brought about and covered up an unjustified sentence of 60-months in State prison, given by Judge Michael Gates).

The Hollywood PD (together with the State Attorney) were doing a little Walt Disney number on an accused, but the undoctored video presented the evidence to the contrary -- which would not be the first time that a video caught the Hollywood PD with manufacturing charges in a case. In a separate case, a young lady had been charged with felony DUI, after a Hollywood Police Officer had run into her vehicle. The resulting cover-up was exposed when a dash-cam video of the incident went VIRAL. In the case of Donald Baker, the Public Defender was also sitting on the evidence, in the same fashion as Michael Satz-on-his-hands, the State Attorney. There had been no knowledge of the video (and exculpatory evidence) in time for it to go viral, so that an innocent man would not have to serve YEARS-AND-YEARS of his life in the State prison (AT HIS LOSS & AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE). Too bad for unowho that a video does not exist that would prove the Hollywood PD involvement in the cover-up of his friend’s (Tom Sikes) murder.

Hollywood PD is not the only police department involved in altering files and manufacturing evidence to sustain charges brought against the innocent or make a case seem more to their liking. In Fort Lauderdale, the PD tried to convict Joshua Daniel Ortiz (an innocent man, who was a young college student and resident of the area) of using force against a police officer, after several aggressive Fort Lauderdale Police Officers went into an elevator and broke the college student’s nose. The video of the incident showed the incident to have occurred just as the college student had explained (and not as sworn to by the perjurious officers). Even with the video and what should have been given up as Brady material by the State Attorney, the State Attorney wanted to continue spending tax dollars to pursue the charge against the college student, that the police swore out in the probable cause affidavit was battery on a police officer (that could have brought 20-years prison time). After intense wrangling and more tax dollars spent on the pursuit and malicious prosecution of an innocent man who had been falsely arrested, Michael Satz finally let go of the case, but the State Attorney did not follow through by bringing charges against the real perpetrators of the crime of assaulting and battering a person (and creating physical injury by brutally breaking the young man’s nose). (Maybe the excuse of the State Attorney was that he would let Internal Affairs investigate the matter in-house -- meaning NO criminal charge.) So, with the blessing of the State Attorney and no effort by what is touted as an esteemed Public Defender, these police officers have gone onto another day to unleash their police brutality and exercise their right to falsely arrest the innocent in their jurisdiction (even if they have to make up the episodes). After all, it seems that there is no penalty for a law enforcement officer to manufacture evidence, alter legal documents, falsely charge a crime, or doctor any type of document or testimony. It could just be chalked up as plausible deniability.

We now know that manufacturing evidence is rampant in Broward County. The article above shows that even the Sheriff’s Office has admitted to altering documents that could be used in a criminal investigation. This type of illicit activity may seem to be overlooked so much that there need be no rhyme nor reason for such reprehensible conduct. But, a closer examination into the sheriff’s cover-up would show that he fudged his IRS returns and lied on his State documents (which are signed under penalties of perjury), in order to benefit financially. (And, like the Ken Jenne dealings with the Procacci brothers, the income need not be large. A thief is a thief, and it does not matter to a thief whether the take is big or small, since they take and take anything that they can get away with.) So, if you were wondering if there must be a pay-off there somewhere, wonder no more.

To the dismay of many a good cop (and honest officer of the court), there is always a pay-off for these charlatans and slippery slimeball characters hiding behind (the integrity and decent character represented by) a badge. GREED runs amuck here. And, I suppose that there are certain police officers and sheriff’s deputies that don’t mind making sh*t up to incarcerate the innocent or provide an escape hatch for the guilty. That seems to be the way that justice plays out in Broward County, where Michael Staz is the State Attorney, Howard Finkelstein is the Public Defender, Victor Tobin is the Chief Judge, Al Lamberti is the County Sheriff, Franklin Adderley is the Police Chief, and on-and-on with the makeup of high office-holders in this county. You know, it must be a good thing for our local tourism bureau that Broward County is in the continental Unites States or else the State Department would have already put out one of those advisories to keep visitors away. People should know that, if they chose to visit or stay in this county, they do so at their own risk. And, THAT’S A SHAME, A F*CK*NG SHAME!!!

CriminalswithaBadge
CriminalswithaBadge

Deer misters Pulpss

I as Cheef of Furt Louderdales Poolices Depertmints sur take ah fence to watts Chareef Lambardelli is doin he givess Al oof us in Poolices work blak eies. Nex times thee sUper boll is in browoard again eye will have mu strike bodyguard forse take charge an protec all ya all at the supper boll . It be quiet oblivius thatt the Chareff did abusesed his bage bye given his buger fase kid uh gub an bages wiff hiss passes too get in thee Supper bool, as always thee pubic will get nuthin butt honestie witt me in charge.

Christy u best bee leavin mys baby mama Faux Eleanor outs of all this , she took one on the chinn fo me, and did her time now leav her bee. Thank thee lordie eye never showed her sight alignment an trigger control.AS always Mr Pulps if u kneed kall me at 911 I'll bee there know matter what.

Your tru friend

Faux Cheef Franklin Adderley an head accident investigators Head of Bodyguard services, culinary awarded national food taster from all fine dinin extablishmints ands future Mayor

Guest
Guest

I'll ask a rhetoical question....What was he thinking? This was clearly a gift and clearly a case(as to why a security number was given to the 16 yr old boy) to manipulate that fact.

Pulp
Pulp

Adding this above: I spoke with BSO Capt. Robert Schnakenberg who oversaw the Super Bowl detail and is one of the names listed on the "matrix" above.

Schnakenberg said BSO still has the matrix document. He said it has not been destroyed, though he conceded that it had been edited somewhat through the process, with names added and deleted. He said Nick Lamberti's name is still on the document.

Schnakenberg also for the first time explained the sheriff's son's presence at the Super Bowl. He said that the sheriff invited his son and that the NFL agreed to give him the same pass as the sheriff -- which basically gave him carte blanche around the stadium. Schnakenberg said Nick Lamberti was added to the AFC team security matrix because, again, he needed to have the same all-access pass as his dad and he said that not only did the NFL know about the sheriff's son's attendance but so did federal authorities including the FBI.

This explanation to me emphasizes the fact that the all-access pass was basically a gift from the NFL to the Lamberti family. But Schnakenberg says it's a matter of interpretation and that he and BSO interpreted the pass as having no value.

"There is no value to that credential," Schnakenberg said. "[Nick Lamberti] was being invited to attend the game and the NFL made him a pass. The public couldn't purchase that credential so it's actually zero value."

On that point we disagreed. I believe the pass did have value, well over $1,000, and that Lamberti's should have disclosed it as a gift from the NFL on state ethics forms and that he still should disclose it as a gift.

B_tan
B_tan

Nothing like our top law enforcement officer using others as his role-models for integrity.

Ummm, shouldn't HE be the one role-modeling scrupulously perfect ethics... not the other way around?

We know
We know

Lamberti and Frey....everything they do is for personal gain. Start looking at anything involving Frey and you will prove it for yourself.

Judge Sirica
Judge Sirica

and it gives every defendant's attorney the opportunity to say "and your honor, we know the Sheriff's office isn't above destroying documents."

so much for upholding the public trust

Christy
Christy

Pulp:

Put this on you tube.

How to to go to the Superbowl for free.. your story will go Viral.

unowho
unowho

So what does it show Al jr ? ..(A)...Hey my Dad is the "Sheriff "in this town and I can do whatever I want and get away with it!!!......OR.. .(B)....... Gee Dad If I would have known it would cause so much controversy I would have stayed at home and watched it on the TV like the average kid who cant afford thousands of dollars to watch a Super Bowl!!!

Judge Sirica
Judge Sirica

Lamberti is using the typical straw man defense. The credentials for legit security aren't gifts, and no one has suggested they are. Credentials for someone who isn't doing security are, and Lamberti doesn't even address the subject. Actually, credentials obtained by fraud probably aren't a gift, but that's not going to make for much of a defense. He simply thinks that if the NFL doesn't mind him planting his son on the security detail (which is b.s. in any event - they ask for 300 on security they expect 300, not 299 and a partying teenager), and it doesn't cost the taxpayers, what's the harm.

It's called abuse of office, and the fact that the NFL has better things to do than pursue it doesn't change a thing. Altering or destroying public records just compounds the felony, so to speak. People with no ethics are typically dumb enough to prove it with the sort of comments Lamberti has made. They can't help proving they are ethically bankrupt.

Small Potatoes
Small Potatoes

Lamberti will NEVER come clean. He doesn't even know how to. He hides behind poor Leljedal who will take the fall before 2012 election. He's truly the biggest failure we have had as a sheriff. I know, I've been through 5 of them not counting the temp one after Cochran dying. I hope another man or woman that has honor, integrity, transparency, and management skills runs for sheriff.

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

Are we to believe that the NFL or some 3rd party made this list and embossed it with the BSO logo? If I put the BSO logo on anything, I would probably get arrested. Unless someone at BSO used FBI/CIA type "scrubbing" software, that document could possibly be found and/or the record of its existence and attempted deletion could be tracked. It just depends on how much resources are put into the electronic investgation. At a minimum, BSO has to admit creation of the document and/or assistance becasue a 3rd party would not have unlimited access to the BSO ID numbers and surely couldn't have devised the plan to create Al's son's fake ID number. But as usual, nothing will ever come of this. By the way, I do need a private police escort to get some contraband out of the country... any suggestions?

therealyaz
therealyaz

Good article by Brittany in sun sentinal.

Christy
Christy

Christy0000 Superbowl NFL Dallas detail security.

therealyaz
therealyaz

Any arrests today? Probably not, the arresters wont arrest any of their own.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

"It's not the crime, it's the cover-up."

As true now as it was then.

Local_Lawyer
Local_Lawyer

Pulp, what are you going to do if the race for Sheriff is Al v. Louie Granteed?

Mrs L
Mrs L

Maybe the investigation can be done by the same BSO investigators that are looking into Dave Benjamin for the last two years. It's at the point of absurdity.

Or maybe its the same investigators that declined to look into removing Santucci's son from a crack house and failing to report that.

Cops are all the same greedy pigs who think the laws don't apply to them.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

What concerns me now is the scrubbing of the files. That's a big No No, and really unexplainable.

Small Potatoes
Small Potatoes

It's sad that the sheriff himself has failed to answer your questions. Lamberti is a coward, pure and simple.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

There's a difference between no value and no price.

That credential is not for sale. It has no retail price. It is, essentially, "priceless".

However, if someone was to hawk it -- scalping it, putting it on e-Bay, Craig's list or some other marketplace -- the value would be what the market would bear. Putting together the buyer and seller, making a market -- and voila! you establish value.

Real Scooper
Real Scooper

Nice job Pulp. I told you this guy was the point man. Now the Sheriff is worried and he ordered him to take the fall with this obscene explanation. Snakenberg is not a deep thinker so he was under the equally obtuse and corrupt direction of the aforementioned Ric Reily who so amply demonstrated his ethics to the world recently by honoring his terminally ill wife by drunkenly chasing every woman in the county. Update: within an hour or so of your talking to Snakenberg-he was yukking it up around the PSB with his buddies about howhe "handled" you. Meanwhile IA is still trying to determine who the leaks are. Answer: Everybody is leaking. Inside, outside, close to you, and not a damn thing they can do about it.

mobius
mobius

Did you ask him about the Orange Bowl? SSDD

unowho
unowho

correction : to be at a Super Bowl Game!!!

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

If that person came forward, as a candidate, the rank and file would not support that candidate, .... I suspect.

Christy
Christy

Gimmesamore,

If I were in our situation I would either call Eleanor Adderley or Bags Benjamin.

Christy
Christy

The feds had to arrest Rothstein because Lamberti and his men (The arrestors) were protecting the arrestee. Now the arrestor (lamberti) has proven himself to be an arrestee (Lamberti0000). Feds need to step in AGAIN

Pulp
Pulp

Louie Granteed of Hollywood PD fame, that's a name I haven't heard in quite a while. Is he talking about running against Lamberti? As for what I'd do if that were to happen, the answer is cover it. I have no political dog in these fights; I just go where the stories are.

unowho
unowho

Louie Granteed ?Who refuses to name Neal Chambers and Sharon Sikes as suspects in the Tom Sikes homicide...He will be lucky to have a job as security guard when this homicide is finally investigated by a legitimate investigator!!!.. "Unethical" Lamberti should know better ..Especially when ALL LE and Pols are under the BN microscope!!!

Ministry of Truth
Ministry of Truth

Snakenberg at BSO is the key to this document. He was the captain in command of the Super Bowl assignments and personally reported on all assignments. Corrked as a dog's back leg. It would be good of the State or US Attorney to ask him questions under oath. If that was done, more BSO insiders would then consider lifting the lid on this entire mess and many others. Take down the brass in order to get the decent underlings to spill on some of the things going on over there.

skydove
skydove

Yes, really. It's cause for concern about the integrity of other files BSO may present as complete and unaltered, as well as other files said to be "not found." & now, before any hammers come down, those who might have been thinking in terms of disappearing or modifying files for their own purposes have been presented with a window of opportunity.

unowho
unowho

Excuse me "dickhead" (not that there is anything wrong with that).....I was first last blog......LOL

Small Potatoes
Small Potatoes

Powers, don't tell me you are one of those citizens that think ALL cops are crooked? Come on man. 99 percent of us have integrity and honor. It's the lousy one percent that give us the black eye. Trust me, if I ever see a dirty cop, I will be the first to expose and turn him or her in.

Fenton
Fenton

Louie Granteed would be an excellent Sheriff. He is well known in the community, involved in many civic groups, competent, and capable of running BSO like a professional. I hope he does run. He can beat Lamberti and we won't be subjected to two more years of Scott Israel drama. Israel couldn't compete with Granteed.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Pulp, Mr. Granteed attended the DEC meeting last night and, according to Mitch Ceasar, signed in, on the candidates list, as, "...considering running for Sheriff."As for the Randy Fleisher speech: When Randy arrived, he advised me that he wqould not be allowed to speak. He also said that Mike Moscowitz hasn't yet written the decision...but, did not indicate what that decision would be.Also, Percy Johnson ran the Kings Point Democratic Club meeting this week. When some club members asked why he was running the meeting, he told them that he was a "consultant." They tried to pass a resolution allowing the past president, (that would be the indicted Li'l Marc), to serve on the board of directors. There were board members of the cub at the meeting, but none of them took the initiative to conduct their meeting. Gee, it appears as if Mitch is trying to solidify a Kings Point presence by putting his hand-picked people in there. Hopefully, Rod Smith will continue to bring transparency to the Florida Democratic Party. The Broward Party certainly does not believe in that, (please note that these comments were written in a civil manner, so as to uphold Ceasar's plan to promote civility in communication). Maybe we can also promote HONESTY, INTEGRITY, and TRUTH in elections in the Democratic Party of Broward. When was the last time that the Kings Point Democratic Club had an election? I'll bet that Mitch would say, "...well, no one made a complaint, so I can't do anything about it."

mobius
mobius

Pulp,Lamberti did the same thing at the Orange Bowl when Florida whipped Ohio State(Yay). Only then he and Nick hanging out with Rothstein in the VIP section inside the VIP tent. Yes Rothstein had his own roped off section inside the VIP tent.

Unowho
Unowho

i thought you were turd

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Nope. Don't think all cops are crooked. Just a few, but they tend to rot atthe top of the pyramid.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

I cannot address your three last sentences, but as to, "Louie Granteed would be an excellent Sheriff. He is well known in the community, involved in many civic groups, competent, and capable of running BSO like a professional." ... on behalf of the many residents in Hollywood, I'd have to say: "false".

unowho
unowho

Sorry..." Mr" Dickhead

unowho
unowho

Actually number two is a turd or a poop where I come from...LOL

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