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PBSO Capt. Quits In Midst Of Investigations Into Private Use Of PBSO Equip To Protect Celebrities!

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PBSO Wellington Commander Jay Hart, suspended by Sheriff Ric Bradshaw (PBSO photo)

Capt. Jay Hart, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office commander of the Wellington district, abruptly resigned last week while two investigations into his time at the helm moved forward.

PBSO Spokeswoman Teri Barbera confirmed Hart handed in his walking papers about 4 p.m. Dec. 14.

Hart had not been back to work since Feb. 26, when he was suspended with pay as both Internal Affairs and criminal investigations were launched.

Barbera said Hart’s departure would not affect the probes.

“Both investigations are still active,” Barbera wrote in an email to Gossip Extra.

The IA action centers on Hart’s alleged failure to follow proper administrative procedures while the criminal focuses on his alleged use of PBSO equipment on his off-duty job, which could lead to theft charges.

Wellington doesn’t have its own police department and pays PBSO more than $8 million a year for police coverage. While PBSO isn’t commenting on the reasons for the investigations, an insider tells Gossip Extra that Hart is accused of using PBSO equipment, including unmarked PBSO cars, for his booming private security business.

A 29-year PBSO veteran, Hart has been running his side business for years with retired and off-duty deputies. He’s provided security for famous Wellington residents like Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, rocker Bruce Springsteen and rapper-turned-home-improvement-guru Vanilla Ice.

By Jose Lambiet, GossipExtra.com, excerpt posted on  SouthFloridaReporter.com, Dec. 21, 2016 

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Jose Lambiet, founder, writer, producer and occasional ad sales rep for GossipExtra. A veteran journalist. Jose has worked for the Sun-Sentinel and The Palm Beach Post. And now writes a column, coincidentally called Gossip Extra, in The Miami Herald. The information and facts are those gathered by Jose.