Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Private Detective Testifies in Zimmerman Trial

One of last witnesses in Zimmerman trial is an ex-lawman from Riviera Beach and Jupiter

One of the final witnesses that George Zimmerman’s defense team called Wednesday was a private investigator who had a 22-year career in law enforcement in the Palm Beach County/Treasure Coast area.
Dennis Root, 44, testified in the trial as an expert witness in self- and tactical defense in Zimmerman’s trial in Sanford. Root, whose career started in Riviera Beach, continued in Jupiter, and then to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, retired from the sheriff’s office last August.

He is now a licensed private investigator who runs two businesses based in Stuart called Tactical Advantage Solutions, LLC and Dennis Root and Associates, Inc.

According to his LinkedIn page, Root attended Indian River Community College. He is an expert in use of force in both civilian and law enforcement cases, according to his website.

Root began his career as a police officer with Riviera Beach Police in October 1989. He resigned in September 1991 and began working with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

After four months, Root resigned from the sheriff’s office and returned to Riviera Beach police in March 1992. He then resigned again in August 1993, according to a human resources spokeswoman with the department.

Root joined the Jupiter Police Department as a road patrol officer in December 1993, said police spokesman Sgt. Scott Pascarella.

Pasacrella, who was a field training instructor at the time, said he trained Root in the inner-workings of the department.

During his time with the department, Root also served as one of the department’s defensive tactics instructors.

Scott said Root was “very dedicated to the profession” and “was always a professional.”

In Junary 1996, Root returned to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office as a full-time deputy. During his time with the sheriff’s office, Root worked in the traffic division, uniform road patrol, criminal investigation division, K9 unit and as a drill instructor, said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Christine Weiss.

Root worked to crack cases including fraudulent use of credit cards and cases of identity theft. He also trained fellow officers on Taser use and has been called a Taser expert. 

In October 2002, a Jensen Beach man filed a lawsuit against Root, who was then a Martin County Sheriff’s deputy.  The lawsuit was from a 1999 driving incident in which Root pulled over the man, Kent Machata, after he swerved out of his lane. Machata continued to drive without pulling over, which caused Root to treat the incident as a possible felony, meaning that deputies would order the people out of the car at gunpoint.
When Machata stopped, Root thought that Machata had complied with orders, but other deputies jumped the man. The sheriff’s office decided that Root handled the incident properly and shouldn’t be disciplined.
In 2003, Root told The Palm Beach Post one of his most interesting cases involved a woman who used her former roommate’s personal identification information to obtain painkillers.

The woman went to Martin Memorial Hospital South and gave her roommate’s name, instead of her own, and said she was in a car accident and had head and knee pain.

Root got an X-Ray from that hospital visit and matched it with the woman’s previous medical records to show that it wasn’t her roommate who was at the hospital, she was just using her name.

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer 

Source: Palm Beach Post

Friday, May 3, 2013

Private Investigator Impersonator Sentenced!

Cop-Turned-Illegal P.I. Gets Sentenced

Former police officer Kevin Michael Sianez pleaded guilty Thursday to 17 felony counts of grand theft by false pretense, 11 felony counts of fraudulently using an access card, two felony counts of identity theft, four felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon stemming from a 1998 conviction for stalking, six felony counts of obtaining services through false representation, one felony count each of perjury by declaration, computer access and fraud, and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, one misdemeanor count each of unlawful representation as a private investigator, engaging in the business of private investigation, and doing business without a valid license with sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime over $100,000 and property damage over $65,000.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Detectives in the South Valley are investigating a large copper theft scheme after an employee was found stealing from his own company.                                             January 17, 2013

Jaime Gutierrez
The suspect, Jaime Gutierrez, worked at A-1 Electric in Visalia. Surveillance video from Bruno's Iron and Metal Recycling Center in Fresno show Jaime Gutierrez recycling thousands of dollars' worth of copper wire while using his former company's account information. Gutierrez went unnoticed at the recycling center, so much that he offered to help out some other copper wire thi eves and recycle their metal, too, taking a cut of the profits.  

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Private Investigator Accused of Witness Intimidation

Private eye lands in public trouble

State officials say Rombom intimidated witnesses in NXIVM case.

ALBANY — A private investigator has been charged by state officials with professional misconduct for allegedly threatening and intimidating witnesses in violation of the law in a NXIVM-related legal proceeding, according to a complaint from the Department of State.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Private Investigator Busted for Impersonation

Galt Private Investigator Arrested For Impersonating Peace Officer

WOODLAND (CBS13) – A retired parole officer was arrested on Tuesday afternoon in front of Yolo County jail for impersonating a peace officer in order to obtain information on a case he’s working.

Anthony Vegas, 52, of Galt owns a private investigation company and had on several occasions in the last week presented himself as an active state parole agent in order to get information for a child custody case he is working on, according to Woodland police.

Anthony Pellicano Denied Bail

Judge in LA denies bond for Hollywood private eye

A federal judge in Los Angeles has denied bond for private investigator Anthony Pellicano who is serving a 15-year prison term for bugging celebrities' phones to get information for his clients.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Private Investigator Proposal to Issue Citations

County may expand welfare fraud search Private investigators could issue citations

Private investigators authorized by Shawano County could soon have the same authority as law enforcement in citing welfare cheats.

The Public Safety Committee unanimously endorsed a measure Wednesday that would allow the investigators, at the County Board's discretion, to issue citations and refer cases of welfare fraud to the corporation counsel.