March 5, 1998
FACES CHARGES OF LYING
OFFICIALS UNCOVER FALSE CREDENTIALS
Broward County paid Howard Bruce Ollick $200 an hour for his
and training on how drugs affect the mind. As an expert
he testified hundreds of times in criminal court on behalf
Jurors, attorneys and judges considered him an expert. On his
he listed advanced degrees in organic chemistry. They
as he gave his opinions.
But they shouldn't have.
Wednesday, the Broward State Attorney's Office accused
50, of lying about his credentials and charged him with
counts of perjury in an official proceeding.
"He's charged in connection with three separate first-degree
cases in which he testified as a defense expert at a hearing
in a deposition," said Al Guttman, a prosecutor in the special
unit of the State Attorney's Office.
Ollick testified about his credentials in a hearing in State
Julio Mora, on July 10, 1997; in a deposition in State vs.
Vinci, on Sept. 10, 1997; and in a deposition in State vs.
Chambliss on Jan. 12, according to a police report.
The three defendants in these cases were convicted.
Still unclear is how Ollick's testimony will affect hundreds
other cases as defense attorneys may seek to overturn
Ollick was booked into the Broward County Jail, where he
late Wednesday on $10,500 bail. Each of the charges
a 15-year maximum sentence because Ollick testified in
murder cases, Guttman said.
Ollick, of Weston, claimed on his resume he is a forensic
with a doctorate in organic chemistry. In reality, he
a laboratory technician licensed by the Florida Department of
state records show.
Ollick has been under investigation since January, when
prosecutor Tony Loe did a routine check of Ollick's
Ollick was listed as an expert witness in Chambliss'
case, which Loe was prosecuting.
Loe noticed a discrepancy between two of Ollick's resumes. In
Ollick wrote he had a bachelor of science degree from the
of education at Ohio State University; in the other, it was
bachelor of arts from the school of business administration at
Loe also had a copy of Ollick's Florida Atlantic University
degree dated 1971. It was signed by, among others, "Lawton
Governor." Chiles was a senator in 1971.
Ollick also claimed he had earned a doctorate in organic
from FAU in 1973, but the university does not offer that
In fact, FAU's registrar found no record of his attending
university or receiving a degree there.
Ollick did attend Ohio State University's College of
Education from June 1966 through September 1966, but he
no degree, according to the registrar's office there.
Ollick's attorney, Robert Ullman, said defense attorneys have
hiring his client since 1994. He has testified in hundreds of
"They are prosecuting him on the three most recent capital
cases," Ullman said. "Those are the most serious cases
they are first-degree murders."
Ullman said Ollick is facing prison time, but he plans to ask
probation if his client is convicted.