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State confirms wider investigation into Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony

By Lisa J. Huriash, Sun Sentinel on

Published in News & Features

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida's top law enforcement agency confirmed Tuesday that it is investigating Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony over a wider range of issues than it acknowledged six months ago.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in May that it was conducting a "preliminary investigation" into allegations that Tony lied on an affidavit to become sheriff.

Now, in a court document filed Tuesday, an FDLE inspector reveals that the investigation also involves "other undisclosed matters that will remain confidential."

Inspector Keith Riddick did not elaborate in his affidavit, except to call the investigation "open and active."

Riddick's affidavit was filed in connection with a lawsuit filed by four former candidates in the sheriff's election: H. Wayne Clark, Al Pollock, Santiago Vazquez Jr. and Charles Whatley. They allege that Tony is ineligible to serve as sheriff because he has a criminal past.

The lawsuit, filed in October, included no documents proving that Tony had a criminal record. It cited only "conversations with authorities from Philadelphia."

 

Tony's attorney, Mike Moskowitz, could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening. He stressed earlier that the lawsuit against his client includes no evidence of crimes.

Tony has admitted that he shot an 18-year-old man to death in 1990, when he was 14 years old and living in a crime-ridden neighborhood in Philadelphia. But he said he acted in self-defense and was found not guilty in court.

However, Pennsylvania courts and police have refused to release records detailing the case, and Tony did not disclose the killing when screened to become sheriff in January 2019. In a sworn affidavit, he stated that he had never had a criminal record sealed or expunged.

Tony not only withheld the information from the FDLE, he never revealed it when he applied earlier for his first cop's job with the Coral Springs Police Department.

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