Israel remained listed as a principal of Talon/G6 until last week, when the divisions new chief of its Bureau of License Issuance, Stuart Scott, informed staff that Israels letter was now considered sufficient because a check of the states Division of Corporations website showed that Israel was no longer listed as company officer there.
At Talon/G6, Israels partner was James Scarberry, a former Hollywood police chief. Scarberry gained notoriety in 2007 when federal prosecutors said they were forced prematurely to shut down a two-year FBI undercover investigation of police corruption in Hollywood after Scarberry leaked word of the probe to the mayor, city manager and at least a half-dozen others.
We were betrayed by the police chief, retired FBI agent Jack Garcia told Miami Herald columnist Fred Grimm in 2008.
Who bought Israels Talon/G6 shares?
According to Scarberry, it was a former BSO vendor with unsavory ties to ex-sheriff Ken Jenne.
He sold his interest to Lewis Nadel, said Scarberry, who remains with Talon/G6. Asked how much Nadel paid, Scarberry said, I dont want to discuss it with you.
Nadel, vice president of Talon/G6, was a central player in the corruption case that led to Jennes downfall six years ago.
Nadel was then president of Innovative Surveillance Technology, a company that had sold over $250,000 worth of equipment to BSO between 2003 and 2005. He also owned an eponymous consulting and training company for law enforcement agencies.
According to the charges to which Jenne pleaded guilty, Jenne provided Nadel with access to off-duty sheriffs deputies that Nadel would hire to do work for his companies. In exchange for that access, Nadel paid a total of $5,500 to Jennes executive assistant money that ended up in Jennes bank account, prosecutors said.
Asked about the sheriffs Talon/G6 stock sale, Gunzburger put distance between the sheriff and Nadel.
The sheriff sold his shares directly back to the corporation in April 2011 for $5,000, Gunzburger said. The corporation subsequently sold at least some of those shares to Mr. Nadel. But there was not any direct transfer/sale of shares, nor any exchange of money between Mr. Nadel and the sheriff.
While Scarberry, Gunzburger and Nadel himself all said that Nadel owns a piece of Talon/G6, his status is not reflected in state records. The Division of Licensing only shows that Nadel currently holds a license as a private investigator intern. Gillespie said the company has been asked to file the appropriate information.
A stock purchase agreement filed with the state says that a Pompano company called Tecwatch paid $5,000 for 50 percent of Talon/G6s stock on the same day Israel signed his letter of resignation.
Tecwatchs lone corporate officer, director Thomas Strok, signed that agreement. Strok and Nadel are longtime co-directors of the South Florida Crime Commission, a nonprofit that does good deeds for law enforcement agencies.
Strok did not return messages seeking comment.
Nadel confirmed that he owns part of Talon/G6, but not via Tecwatch. He added that his friends investment was intended to help Israel by taking the company off his hands.
Tom owns Tecwatch. I have nothing to do with Tecwatch, said Nadel. Tecwatch assumed [Israels] points so he could run for sheriff.
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