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Broward sheriff resigns
Ken Jenne, a Democratic stalwart, will likely go to jail.
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published September 5, 2007
FORT LAUDERDALE - Ken Jenne began his career as a Broward County prosecutor focused on rooting out public corruption. Now, after decades as a Democratic state senator and nine years as sheriff, Jenne is facing federal prison for his own admitted corrupt actions.
Jenne announced his resignation Tuesday after reaching an agreement with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to three counts of tax evasion and one count of mail fraud conspiracy.
Jenne, 60, is likely to serve between one and two years in prison and pay back taxes and fines.
It was an abrupt downfall for a man long considered a force in state and local Democratic politics, one who might have been a viable candidate for governor or the Senate. And the money involved amounted to a little more than $80,000, according to federal prosecutors.
"I think what is particularly sad here is that the amounts of money were not great. It's sad when you see a man who has served the public to fall this way.
"He stayed too long and, in the end, he lost sight of the meaning of public service," said U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta.
The charges were filed Tuesday after a two-year investigation that uncovered thousands of dollars in hidden payments to Jenne from Broward Sheriff's Office vendors - made to the sheriff through his two secretaries - and income that was never reported to the IRS.
Jenne made his resignation official Tuesday morning in an e-mail to his employees and in a separate letter to Gov. Charlie Crist.
Jenne's attorney, David Bogenschutz, did not return telephone calls seeking comment.
Jenne was appointed sheriff of Florida's second-most populous county in 1998 by Gov. Lawton Chiles. Jenne was elected in 2000 and 2004 to run an agency that has 6,300 employees and an annual budget of nearly $700-million.
Jenne earned $169,800 as sheriff. He made close to $1-million as an attorney the year before his appointment. He will likely lose his Florida Bar license and his pension, estimated at about $125,000 per year.
Crist, a Republican, quickly named as acting sheriff Maj. Alfred Lamberti, a 29-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office. Crist described Lamberti's appointment as temporary, telling reporters he will look for a permanent replacement to fill the rest of Jenne's term through 2008.
After news reports of Jenne's outside business activities, in April 2005 then-Gov. Jeb Bush ordered an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The Miami U.S. Attorney's Office also launched a probe.
Among the witnesses was developer Philip Procacci, who owns a building that leases space to the sheriff's office and to a federal-state drug task force. Procacci loaned $20,000 to one of Jenne's secretaries, who in turn loaned it to Jenne to help the sheriff pay his income taxes in 2004, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
Procacci's attorney, Edward O'Donnell Jr., said his client thought the money was for the secretary."He didn't do anything wrong at all," O'Donnell said. "The records are all there. None of this was done in a surreptitious manner."
Procacci also paid a contractor more than $8,000 to demolish a house Jenne owned in Lake Worth that had been cited for code violations in June 2001 - money Jenne never reported on his income tax returns. Nor did he report another $10,000 payment for consulting work he did in 2002 for one of Procacci's companies.
The documents show that Jenne provided off-duty deputies as consultants to Lewis Nadel, who runs a company called Innovative Security Technology.
Nadel paid Jenne's secretaries a total of $5,500 for the consulting work, which the secretaries deposited into Jenne's personal bank account, according to court documents.
Procacci, Nadel and Jenne's two secretaries - Alicia Valois and Marian Yoka - are not charged with any wrongdoing.
Jenne was a state senator for nearly 20 years, serving as the Senate's Democratic leader from 1994 to 1998. Jenne also was a state prosecutor and county commissioner.
Information from the Miami Herald was used in this report.