We know that Broward School Board Chairwoman Jennifer Gottlieb was caught romancing a Citi banker who worked at the School Board -- an ethical violation if nothing else -- when someone sent a string of of emails between them to her husband and another School Board member.Nine email exchanges were forwarded to Ken Gottlieb and Beverly Gallagher, who has since been imprisoned on corruption charges just after 1 a.m. July 2, 2007, the wee hours of a Monday morning.
Among the questions: Did the person who exposed Gottlieb hack into her account from a remote location, or was it done by someone at her own computer at her home or elsewhere?
A confidential source close to the situation says that the person believed to have been the sender was a man named Dino DeCesare, an extremely muscular School Board employee who also works as a club promoter, model, bodyguard, and all-around party guy.
DeCesare works at BECON, the School Board's TV station. At the time, he was the cameraman for the School Board meetings. He's currently employed at BECON and on LinkedIn is listed as a producer.
I asked De Cesare about his relationship with Gottlieb, and he said they were only friends.
"It was a friendship, and it was platonic, and it never went beyond that," he told me. "I was helping her with her campaign, and I went to her house at times to
meet her [family]. I met them many times to help with her campaign [in 2006]."
More power to DeCesare, but I wanted some answers. I asked him if it was true that he had sent the emails between Gottlieb and Citi banker Rick Patterson to Gottlieb's husband.
"Only hearing it from you now," he said. "On my part, no. Not one bit of truth to that. For them to use my name, I would like to know who is doing that."
I pressed him, telling him that it was important that he tell the truth.
"Nobody wants to be caught up in something like this," he said. "I choose not to discuss it."
I have since left several messages for DeCesare that have gone unreturned. I also sent questions to Jennifer Gottlieb via email, which she had instructed me to do before I published the original post. I asked her about the nature of her relationship with De Cesare and whether he was the one who initially exposed the emails. She never returned any of the messages and never answered any of the questions.
-- The Miami Herald reported recently that the dirty developers Chait had been pushed from yesterday to August 27. This may seem like a nothing story but it's not. The State Attorney's Office wants to make all its criminal charges in the case prior to the developers, Bruce and Shawn Chait, changing their plea to guilty. That likely means that prosecutors needed more time to bring the cases and that any and all arrests in the case will be made prior to the 27th (barring another delay).
Another thing: There's another very serious corruption-fighting body in town and a source tells me it is digging deep and has already produced an indictment against a public official that is under seal. No, it's not the BSO unit. It's not the feds. It's not the SAO. On Monday I'll bring more information, including the apparent targets of the probe.
-- Amazing how many dunderheads are arguing that Bob Davidson made the right call in the Marlins game last night on Gaby Sanchez's denied game-winning double. A full 24 percent of the people voting on ESPN's poll say it was a good call. Only one state, however, has a majority of people who believe it was fair -- South Dakota. Somehow that's not surprising. The ball was obviously fair, but proof comes in the fact that even in Phillies country, Pennsylvania, the majority say it was a bad call (51-49).