Broward Sheriff Scott Israel amended gift disclosure over NYE party passes

Campaign donor Robert Pereira gave Israel $850 in party passes to Mar-a-Lago Club

By Bob Norman - Investigative Reporter , Ben Candea

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Broward Sheriff Scott Israel amended a gift disclosure with the state in which he admitted he accepted $850 worth of party passes to the Mar-a-Lago Club on New Year's Eve, according to state financial records.

Israel amended the gift disclosure in August shortly after Local 10 reported he and his family took five-day cruise on the NewVida, which rents for up to $190,000 a week.

Robert Pereira, who donated $250,000 to Israel's campaign last year, gave both gifts to the sheriff. Israel paid $1,500 to go on the cruise with Pereira.

"He's a giving man. He's a wonderful man," Israel told Local 10 in July. "I didn't take a freebie of any kind."

Former Broward Sheriff's Commander Sam Frusterio filed a complaint with the Florida Commission on Ethics, claiming Israel undervalued the cruise. The commission has yet to rule on the complaint.

Copyright 2013 by Local10.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.