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Written by Elgin Jones   
Wednesday, 23 February 2011

al_lamberti__web_4.jpegFORT LAUDERDALE – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is investigating law enforcement credentials issued to Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti’s teenage son that allowed him to gain entry at no cost into the Super Bowl played at Sun Life Stadium on Feb. 7, 2010.

“Last week, FDLE received a request from the Broward State Attorney’s Office to investigate the credentialing of Sheriff Lamberti’s son at the Super Bowl,” Heather Smith, FDLE’s director of External Affairs, said in an e-mail responding to a query from South Florida Times. “FDLE’s inquiry will be conducted by our Office of Executive Investigations in Tallahassee.” 

Gov. Rick Scott's office is aware of the credentials controversy but he did not order the investigation, Smith said.

FDLE Commissioner Gerald M. Bailey made the decision after prosecutors with the Broward State Attorney’s Office requested the probe. Lamberti has not responded to questions on the issue from South Florida Times. 

In addition to hundreds of military personnel, more than 1,000 law enforcement officers from 64 local, state and federal agencies were deployed in a security blanket around the stadium in Miami Gardens for the Super Bowl. A 30-mile “no fly” zone was imposed around the sports complex and the Department of Homeland Security raised the terror threat level. Hundreds of military vehicles, ships and aircraft patrolled the immediate area and 50 miles of coastline to keep the game safe. 

Although security was tight, the sheriff’s teenage son was able to enter the game with credentials reserved for law enforcement personnel.

Those credentials were obtained through an application submitted to the Miami-Dade police department, the agency that dealt with such applications as the lead law enforcement body for the Super Bowl.

The application bore the name of BSO Captain Robert Schnakenberg, head of the Criminal Investigations Division, as the person submitting the document to M-DPD on behalf of Nick Lamberti, who was then 15 years old. That application indicated the teenager was part of BSO’s contingent that provided security for the Indianapolis Colts. The document also listed a BSO employee number for Nick Lamberti as “BSO-0000.”

His father was listed as his immediate supervisor and the space for his date of birth was left blank. Miami-Dade police processed the application and forwarded it to the U.S. Secret Service, the federal agency that actually issued the credentials. Nick Lamberti received the same highest level security clearance and unrestricted access as his father, the sheriff, at no cost. 

After South Florida Times broke the story some weeks ago, published reports have since quoted Lamberti and Schnakenberg as saying it was the National Football League that issued the credentials to the younger Lamberti and that law enforcement agencies involved in the security effort were aware of the teenager’s attendance. 

An NFL spokesman has denied that claim, saying the league had no knowledge of or involvement in Nick Lamberti’s credentialing. The Secret Service, the Department of Homeland Security, Miami-Dade police, FDLE and other law enforcement agencies have also refuted the published accounts reportedly given by the sheriff and the BSO captain.

“We only processed what they provided,” Commander Nancy A. Perez, director of the Miami-Dade police department’s Media Relations Bureau, recently told South Florida Times.

“We don’t have the time or resources to check everything that’s on another agency’s applications.” 


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written by justice, February 24, 2011
Once again great job on reporting the news. I have hope that corruption will not be tolerated on any level of position.
written by disappointed, February 24, 2011
I have been interested in this story since it was first
reported by Mr. Jones. I commend the South Florida Times
for pursuing the truth. Sheriff Lamberti needs to understand
that his actions have consequences. It concerns me that someone
in his position of power would abuse it as blatantly as he did.
Security at any event should be taken seriously. He has put his
whole reputation at risk and managed to embarrass all agencies
written by Wow1, February 24, 2011
I can't believe I voted for this joke of a Sheriff. He has a lot of nerve making his motto "Pride, Service with Integrity." This guy seems like he has fell off his rocker with the way he is doing things in that agency. Great to see where my tax dollars go. Hope his son enjoyed the game. The free entry of that game could cost his daddy way more then what the tickets went for. Was it worth it Al? Really? And if they just give him a slap on the wrist then this whole county is crooked.
Where's Justice
written by Concerned Citizen, February 24, 2011
I have lived in Broward County 40 plus years and I want to commend the reporter with the SFL Times on conducting an outstanding job in his work. I'm greatly concerned about the Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel in their failure to bring this information out to the public. To the reported who broke this story, you are quickly being recognized as a true reported and respected. God-Bless you for your work.
written by Small Potatoes, February 24, 2011
The main stream media ignores the sheriff's scandals because a bunch of them are public info officers that have long standing connections to their former newspapers. It's that simple.
Karma Overlord
written by Karma, February 24, 2011
I wholeheartedly agree with “Fat Clemenza’s” post. Great Job reporting and sticking with the story.
written by Fat Clemenza, February 23, 2011
The author of this series of articles and the S. FLorida Times are doing an outstanding public service by exposing the facts about and the true character of Broward County's top law enforcement official. The other news media have largely ignored these stories but the truth is being displayed to the people and they are supporting it. Thank you and keep up the good work until we get integrity and competence back into our most critical government function-our police.

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