Broward Sheriff Scott Israel filed new documents in recent days disclosing another gift he received in 2013.
Israel said in a letter to the state Commission on Ethics that he made the disclosures based on what he learned during his recent ethics case. Click here for a memory refresher on that case, and click here for the full investigative file. The ethics commission found probable cause that he broke state ethics laws on two counts in not reporting two gifts.
The new disclosure shows that two parties were thrown for him by attorney Darren Covar of Pompano Beach.
The sheriff previously failed to disclose the parties on the idea that they were not worth $100 or more. But the ethics commission prosecutor in his case argued that when a party is thrown on his behalf, the value includes the cost of attendance of all the invitees, not just him.
She was arguing the point because the sheriff also had not disclosed a party that road paver Robert Pereira threw for him aboard his luxury yacht. Pereira also gave the sheriff two $400-a-head New Year's Eve tickets to Donald Trump's party last year, which the sheriff did not disclose until the following August, again as an amendment. Pereira also took the sheriff and his family on a five-day Bahamas cruise last year.
The sheriff said he was disclosing the Covar party costs out of a "commitment to transparency and avoiding even the appearance of impropriety.''
Covar threw the parties April 6 ($700) and May 31 ($300).