The Martin County (Fla.)
Sheriff’s Department Must Love Us Because They Make It So Easy For Us To Expose Their Screw Ups.
On October 11, 2013 Sgt.
Brian Gervais, Martin County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office, was reviewing
Confidential Fund records when he discovered a series of discrepancies within
the accounting performed by Sgt. Michael Dougherty, Criminal Investigations
The first discrepancy
involved check #103301, for $752.45 issued to Sgt. Dougherty for the sole
purpose of replenishing the confidential funds he was responsible for. These funds are to be used ONLY for investigative
purposes however on 08/28/13 Dougherty deposited that check in his 'overdrawn'
personal checking account. Interestingly, he did not account for the funds in
the Confidential Funds ledger until 09/16/13.
discrepancy was check number 103739, for $1,170.32, issued to Dougherty on
09/30/13 for the replenishment of confidential informant funds. He deposited that check into his overdrawn
personal checking account on October 8, 2013.
A number of other
discrepancies arouse during the internal affairs investigation as to how the
Confidential Funds were being spent; restaurant tabs, informants, drug
purchases etc, which seemingly had case numbers assigned much later than for
when the receipts were recorded.
Sgt. Gervais reported
the discrepancies to Internal Investigations Director Anthony Rengeneschi who
in turn reported directly to Sheriff William Snyder. Then for some unexplained
reason Sheriff Snyder personally contacted the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement to conduct a criminal investigation into the matter.
Special Agent Alan Kameg
was assigned the case and conducted numerous interviews into the missing money.
What gets interesting is how, Lt. Brian Bergen turns over the responsibility of
the cash box to Sgt. Dougherty without any formal training, yet tells him to
see Lt. Budensiek from another division
to 'instruct' him. Both of these Lt.'s claimed they told Dougherty that the
'money' was never to be used for personal reasons, but did not offer any formal
It is a Sergeant’s responsibility
to assist in creating budgets which are then sent up the chain of command to
Lt.'s, Captains, Directors until approved by the Sheriff. Even though the Sgt. and the Lt's apparently don’t
have the common sense to operate a small expense account they are in charge of
Special Agent Kameg then
questioned Dougherty about the checks he deposited into his 'overdrawn
account" and about how he finally replaced the missing cash.
Dougherty claimed he did
not get any formal training on how to handle the confidential funds, after the
task 'was dumped on him. Dougherty also
stated he reviewed the Sheriff's Office policy in place, but it didn't contain
any guidance. It is laughable that a
Sergeant running a squad of detectives is not smart enough to balance a cash
box which only contains about $1200.00 dollars at its maximum.
When Kameg asked
Dougherty how he replaced the missing money, Dougherty claimed he had about
$2,000.00 in cash in his car from off duty details. Kameg followed up with, 'if you had the cash,
why did you let your bank account get overdrawn?'
Dougherty then has the
audacity to tell Kameg that he was recently divorced and didn't want to
disclose how much money
he had in his checking account. Really????? He deposits the Sheriff's Office money in his
account to prevent the overdraft and possible fees? What is the difference where the money came
from that went into his personal bank account? He obviously had not disclosed on the
financial affidavit to the family court his true financial condition. That is a crime in the State of Florida.
Money in your account is supposed to be declared not hidden from view.
The investigation took
about 4 months of taxpayer paid cops and prosecutors to review. Ultimately,
Assistant State Attorney Lev Evans was assigned to review the matter by ASA
Thomas Bakkadahl. His long winded,
lawyer dissertation stated that Dougherty's sloppy record keeping, his lack
of training, and the fact that Dougherty
had replaced the money, meant that the State would not be pursuing any criminal
charges for theft.
The criminal 'theft
statute' states that temporarily or permanently depriving someone of their
property or money is theft. Also, hiding
assets or attempting to do so in family court is a crime in the State of
Dougherty was eventually
given a written reprimand for being careless and irresponsible and notified
that he would be punished for future similar occurrences. It appears that IA Director Anthony
Rengeneschi, who had a spotless record with the Miami-Dade Police Department,
resigned because he wouldn’t participate in this type of cover-up.
QUESTIONS: Did you know that the dumber you are the
higher you go in the Martin County Sheriff’s Office? Sheriff Snyder is pretty dumb isn’t he? Is he so dumb he recently promoted Sgt. Dougherty
to Lieutenant? Is he also so dumb that
he recently promoted Lt. Brian Bergen to Captain? He sure did! Aren’t both of them certified dumbbells? Pretty amazing isn’t it? That stupidity can get you promoted on the
MCSD? Or is it that Captain Bergen supported
Snyder for Sheriff? Or that he just kissed
his butt? Did you know that Sgt/Lt Dougherty is the stepson
of a prominent local judge? What
happened to the MCSO policy that when undergoing discipline or internal
investigations you cannot be promoted until one year has gone by? Isn’t it true that ASA Bakadahl contributed to Snyder’s campaign for Sheriff? Did
Snyder Personally call the FDLE to investigate Dougherty and ask them to find
that he did not violate the law? When
are you citizens going to get sick of this crap? Did you know that you can obtain all of the reports and records
from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement by requesting copies of their case
TAGS: Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Sherrif William Snyder, Sgt./Lt. Michael Dougherty, Internal Investigations Director Anthony Rengeneschi, Lt./Capt. Brian Bergen, FDLE Special Agent Alan Kameg, Assistant State Attorney Thomas Bakkadahl.