By Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog.org
Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony is fighting a recommendation that he be stripped of his state license to be a police officer for multiple counts of lying under oath, according to documentation obtained by Florida Bulldog.
The case now goes to an administrative law judge in Tallahassee for a “formal hearing” where Tony will dispute the “allegations of fact” contained in a complaint filed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The case has not yet been filed at the Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH).
In June, a three-person panel of the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission found “probable cause” to believe the allegations against the sheriff were true and that Tony’s police license should be yanked.
While revocation is an embarrassing blow that would mean Tony could no longer be a cop, he would remain Broward’s elected sheriff. Tony, who was certified in 2005, was a policeman in Coral Springs where he rose to the rank of sergeant.
Tony invoked his right to an administrative hearing on an “Election of Rights” form that is stamped as received by the Criminal Justice Standards Commission in early July. It is signed by both Tony and his lawyer, Stephen G. Webster of Tallahassee. Webster also represents the Florida Police Benevolent Association.
Webster did not respond to a Florida Bulldog emailed request for comment.
DESANTIS SAYS ZIP
Tony refused to be interviewed by FDLE agents while they conducted a wide-ranging investigation of him that began six days after Florida Bulldog reported exclusively on May 2, 2020 that as a 14-year-old in Philadelphia in 1993 Tony shot and killed a young man. Tony was charged with murder, but was acquitted in juvenile court. All court records in the case are sealed and Tony’s version of what happened, that he killed in self-defense, has been disputed by the dead man’s family.
Tony never disclosed that killing to Gov. Ron DeSantis before DeSantis appointed him as sheriff in January 2019 to replace Scott Israel, who gained notoriety in the fallout from the Parkland school killings.
To date, DeSantis has not publicly addressed the substance of the FDLE’s findings or the panel’s determination of “probable cause” against Tony, which were made public in January.
Tony’s lack of disclosure about his arrest for murder, his statements under oath that he did not have his case sealed and certain other instances of alleged lies were dropped as either “lacking sufficient evidence” or “barred by the statute of limitations.”
Reviewing prosecutors in Fort Myers, where the case was transferred after Broward State Attorney Harold Pryor asked DeSantis to remove him, found a single “potentially viable” criminal charge against Tony – one that the FDLE recommended should lead to a felony charge for “false affidavit perjury.”
EIGHT COUNTS OF ‘UNLAWFUL ACTS’
That involved Tony’s false statement on an application for a replacement driver’s license in February 2019 when he answered “no” when asked whether his driving privileges had every been suspended in any other state. Pennsylvania had suspended Tony’s driving privileges several times in the 1990s. Nevertheless, prosecutors declined to charge Tony with a crime.
But that allegation is now one of eight counts of “Unlawful Acts in Relation to Driver License” brought against the sheriff. Here is the way the commission’s probable cause determination summed things up:
“Between March 15, 2002 and February 1, 2019, Tony submitted 11 applications to Florida Driver’s Licenses and was issued a replacement license each time. On eight of the applications, he answered ‘no’ to the question asking if his driving privilege has ever been revoked, suspended or denied in any other state. Investigators obtained and reviewed Tony’s Pennsylvania driver record. Tony’s license was suspended on August 3, 1993 for failure to appear for trial or court appearance and January 23, 1998 for five separate cases of failure to appear for trial or court appearance.”
The case now falls to an administrative judge to weigh and decide. The judge’s decision, however long it takes, will then be sent to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission for its consideration. The commission can either accept or reject the judge’s finding before issuing its final decision.
Therealtruth / August 18, 2022 8:28 am
How can Desantis remove the Hillsboro County State Attorney for what he said, but fails to remove Tony after the FDLE investigation revealed numerous criminal perjury violations??
Lynn Anderson / August 18, 2022 9:14 am
The last paragraph gives the reason why DeSantis is not removing him–‘The case now falls to an administrative judge to weigh and decide. The judge’s decision, however long it takes, will then be sent to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission for its consideration. The commission can either accept or reject the judge’s finding before issuing its final decision.”
Stephanie Szeto / August 18, 2022 9:16 am
Where is DeSantis? Why is he taking a stand on EVERYTHING else-even National issues, and not on this? I guess we see where he is focusing his efforts. Not in Florida and certainly not in Broward.
Therealtruth / August 18, 2022 9:30 am
Thank you Lynn for the “copy and paste” but that does NOT decide removal. The decision for removal should of been based TOTALLY on the FDLE investigation which proved felony perjury. This hearing is just icing on the cake. Tony will lose his certification but should of been removed by Desantis long ago.
Desantis said he was reviewing the FDLE investigation outcome which should of only taken 24 hours but then disappeared. Something isn’t quite adding up.
Vicente Thrower / August 18, 2022 9:31 am
You know he should have thought about that same sentiment when he did what he decided to do the deputy Ronald Thurston he has had no mercy on good deputies and now want people to have mercy on him he don’t deserve to wear the uniform and he needs to be happy that he can at least keep his paycheck and pay his bills…. because he definitely isn’t thinking about those who he’s doing the same thing to and taking their money from them the old saints of God always say God don’t like ugly and in his case he’s very ugly…. vengeance is mine saith the Lord
Jerald Fuller / August 18, 2022 10:10 am
Greg Tony lied at least 30 times on police applications. Greg Tony lied at least 8 times while renewing his D/L which shows what a genius he is. Greg Tony lied multiple times on FDLE Form 68. Stop picking on him. He lied because he grew up in a tough neighborhood, what’s wrong with all you mean people. And don’t worry the CJSTC, Ethics Commission and DeSantis will hold him accountable as soon as this doesn’t bother DeSantis any longer. The whole thing is a joke, the sooner you realize the law is applied differently depending on who you are the better of you’ll be. Greg Tony fires people for not being honest, now that’s something he’s an expert on. Greg Tony is a clown in a uniform and Ron DeSantis is to blame.
Dave Manning / August 18, 2022 10:12 am
RealTruth, you need to read the charges more carefully. The perjury occurred prior to ‘statute of limitations’ period pushing it down to an administrative matter. HCSA was removed under law identifying ‘dereliction of duty’ which falls under Governor purview.
Jerald Fuller / August 18, 2022 10:34 am
Dave, when he lied on FDLE Form 68 and renewing his D/L the statute of limitations have not expired. All this is pointless garbage. Greg Tony was put in this position by Ron DeSantis. DeSantis wants to be President. You think that jerk is going to admit his mistake? The answer is no. Here’s what’s going to happen to the pathological liar Greg Tony, nothing. Greg Tony couldn’t get hired to be a dog walker if he was honest on his applications, he lied and got away with it. Time to accept this bum as Sheriff and move on with your life.
Ken Broseman / August 18, 2022 11:54 am
I REALLY RESPECT A LYING SUCCESSFUL POLITICION WHO IS RECEIVING A HUGH AMOUNT OF MONETY WHERE AS A TRUTHFUL ONE GETS PAID NEXT TO NOTHING. SO I ASK WHO IS THE SMARTER ? ?
Bill / August 18, 2022 1:34 pm
Imagine the damage DeSatan will do if he ever gets into the WH. He is a terrible gov. and will be a terrifying president.
Peter Draggin / August 18, 2022 6:01 pm
I guess our only hope is that this time the Feds don’t punk out like last time. Can’t see them publicly stating that the case is back in Miami then run away scared again. But I’m with you Jerry. I have zero faith that anyone will act on this repulsive criminal.
Concerned Citizen 1 / August 18, 2022 7:56 pm
REMOVING A BLACK SHERIFF in BROWARD COUNTY, would be POLITCAL SUICIDE FOR DESANTIS. TONY/TONEY is a MURDERER, LSD USER AND PERJURER; reasons ENOUGH TO REMOVE THIS PIECE-OF-GARBAGE AS SHERIFF. HE WAS APPOINTED BY DESANTIS ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF TONY’S GYM BUDDY (ANDREW POLLACK), WHOSE DAUGHTER (R.I.P.), WAS A VICTIM IN THE HORRIFIC PARKLAND SHOOTING. THE PARKLAND PARENTS WERE ALL IN IT TOGETHER TO APPOINT THIS LOSER. HE WAS A NOBODY RUNNING A BUSINESS RELATED TO SOME SORT OF SHOOTING KITS BEFORE DESANTIS APPOINTED HIM SHERIFF…ENOUGH SAID
Kevin A Bolling / August 19, 2022 3:04 pm
The truth will be tony/toney LE’s career demise. look at the number of people he has fired and been ordered to put back to work with back pay, benefits, and legal fees. It is costing Broward taxpayers a “working dispatch center” plus public safety because his ego and his bullying style were offended by the truth. The lying he has done as sheriff union busting, firing Deputy Ronald Thurston for supporting Sheriff Scott Isreal and standing up for Officer Safety, and Firing Deputy Jeff Bell for standing up for the honorable public servants, during the beginning of COVID. The Deputies did not have PPEs to protect them and the public. they were using the same mask and gloves going from call to call. While tony/toney told the public “his” staff was protected and they were bringing COVID with them into the homes of victims. Staff lost their life in some cases and brought the disease to their family. All because the emergency plan was not taken over his (tony/toney) ego. He failed the public and the Public Servants that have always tried to do the right thing for the right reason. Firing Deputy/President Jeff Bell put “our” Public Safety staff and the Public at risk. MORE LYING his ego (retroactively) rehired Retired Deputy Sheriff Scot Peterson and then publicly fired him with all the other public servants of the MSD Shooting, By the way, they have all but two have been ordered back to work with back pay and benefits. He continues to lie to the victims of the MSD shooting and refuses to stand up for Peterson because he got an undeserving job out of it. The is paying boatloads of money for the attorneys to represent BSO and their Deputies. So he has first-hand knowledge of the truth and refuses to bring it to the Broward SA, so that the world can see that NO ONE IN REAL TIME (on the campus outside of the 1200 Bldg) KNEW WHERE THE shitbag WAS DURING THE SHOOTING. Facts and truth of the matter. I pray for the Families and the victims of MSD. But because of elected officials and people with the character and moral values of a lying, drug-using, killer who can’t even keep their driver’s license from being suspended is the chief LEO in Broward County. Governor Desaints Please fix this problem, you had no idea you were being conned. As a democrat, I support you only if you prove to Florida you can admit that you were misinformed. I’m willing to sit down with anyone who wants the truth. Peterson’s Attorney Mark Eiglarsh has said publicly he will meet with ANYONE who wants to know the facts. I have heard him say “I’m blown away by the lack of a case the State has”. Please pray for the public servants that work for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, and the Deputies to get back to work as the courts have ordered, and all the victims of the MSD shooting including Retired Deputy Scot Peterson that the truth be told and for healing to begin.
Mitchel / August 27, 2022 5:36 am
The people of Broward County weighed all the evidence and elected Anthony Tony to be sheriff. When you look at his impoverished background it is amazing how successful he has been.
Concerned Citizen 1 / August 28, 2022 10:25 am
Hey Mitchel, who is “Anthony Tony???” Is that another one of the aliases that he USED on all of his PERJURED police applications…???