Lukacs said Albir did not supply PEDs to anyone. Albir would not talk directly to the Herald.
Such investigative tactics are examples of what investigators should not do, according to longtime professionals.
“They can’t misrepresent who they are working for,” said Rory J. McMahon, a founding member of the Florida Association of Licensed investigators.
“If the person says they have no interest in answering, it should stop there. If you continue to call them repeatedly that’s stepping over the line.”
Added Joe Matthews, a retired Miami Beach homicide detective who is now a private investigator: “You don’t have to threaten or stalk people.”
Intimate with witness
Former UM pitching coach Lazaro “Lazer” Collazo told a similar story about his dealings with MLB investigators.
They appeared at his home about 9:30 p.m. on April 4. Collazo, a longtime South Florida baseball instructor, alleged in court papers that MLB investigator Neil Boland and MLB lawyer Patrick Houlihan used “intimidation, harassment, coercion, embarrassment” when they questioned Collazo that evening, frightening his wife and 9-year-old daughter.
“They just kept telling me ‘you’re not telling us the truth’ and ‘we are going to have to go to the newspaper and other media,” Collazo said in an interview with the Herald. Collazo felt vulnerable because he had been a patient of the Biogenesis (“I had been getting tired a lot and needed a boost”) and coaching opportunities might dry up if publicly tied to a PED clinic. Also, two of his sons were listed among the clinic’s clients.
“They said ‘we don’t want to involve your family’ and if you’re not telling us the truth they said they would make it hard on me and my family,” Collazo recalled.
The next day, Collazo was on jury duty. “They called me seven, eight times,” he said, adding that they left “threatening” messages.
Boland and Houlihan later signed sworn court affidavits saying that neither of them witnessed the other exhibiting aggressive or intimidating tactics with Collazo, who runs a private youth baseball program.
“They are bullies and bullied the little people,” said lawyer Martin Beguiristain, who represents another defendant, former Bosch associate Carlos Acevedo, who says he was harassed. “They were banging on his door as if they were the federal government.”
MLB has denied doing anything improper.
In the course of ferreting out more information, one of baseball’s investigators developed a romantic relationship with a Biogenesis nurse. Rodriguez’s lawsuit identifies the investigator as Dan Mullin. The woman, who according to her Facebook page now works at Mount Sinai Hospital, did not return several messages left by the Herald. She also did not answer the door at her home.
‘We’ll give you money!’
The man responsible for blowing the whistle on Rodriguez and other players also claims he was badgered and shadowed by MLB’s investigative team.
MLB investigators showed up at Porter Fischer’s doorstep, beginning in February. Fischer, a Biogenesis investor who had taken the clinic records and leaked them to New Times amid a financial dispute with Bosch, told the Herald: “I didn’t want to discuss anything with them, but they kept hounding me almost every day, telling me I was in danger and offering me money,”