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Rod Velez Attends Broward School Board Meeting A Week After Giving Statement To FDLE

After spending a few days in Tallahassee, Rod Velez attended a School Board of Broward County workshop Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale. Velez kept supporters abreast of his travels with photographs posted on social media. Judging by the comments, his supporters still believe he has a path to a seat on the School Board.

One meeting Velez did not document was another visit with representatives of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Last week, Velez provided a formal statement to FDLE.

Last month, REDBROWARD revealed FDLE received information regarding possible perjury committed by Rod Velez when he signed an oath in campaign paperwork. Sources told REDBROWARD that Velez subsequently met with FDLE agent’s who advised him that taking the oath for the School Board seat would constitute perjury. Velez attended the swearing in ceremony but did not take the oath of office.

Despite the encouragement to keep fighting, it appears Velez has no path to take office. As REDBROWARD previously reported, the December clemency board meeting was cancelled. Also, the Office of Offender Review, which reviews the clemency requests, is well aware of the FDLE perjury investigation. One source claims Velez’s application may have been rejected because of it.

It is becoming likely Governor Ron DeSantis will appoint someone to the District 1 seat in January.

Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause (Again) In Broward Sheriff Tony Case

Once again, the Florida Commission on Ethics found probable cause in a case involving Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony, according to multiple sources. Last week’s hearing ended with an 8-1 vote in favor of probable cause. The Commission will reportedly recommend the removal of Sheriff Tony. One source said Tony did not attend the hearing.

In September, the Florida Commission on Ethics found probable cause to believe Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony misued his office when he provided false information to gain employment. According to a press release, the Commission overruled the opinion of its advocate. The matter stems from Tony failing to disclose previous legal matters when applying for a job with the Coral Springs Police Department, applying for a driver license and forms filed with FDLE while he was Sheriff.

Will Governor Ron DeSantis visit Broward in January to address this matter?