Sun-Sentinel  Ft. Lauderdale
Tuesday, December 1, 1998

PHONY 'EXPERT' JAILED FOR 3 YEARS
by HENRY FITZGERALD JR. Staff Writer

 

   Howard Bruce Ollick testified in at least three first-degree

murder cases in Broward County court as a defense expert on how drugs

affect the mind.

 

  He charged up to $200 an hour.

 

   But it turned out Ollick was no expert. He had forged his

credentials and falsified his education.

 

  On Monday, Ollick's fraud wound up costing him three years in

prison.

 

 

  Broward Circuit Judge Peter Weinstein also sentenced Ollick, who

last month pleaded guilty to three counts of perjury in an official

capital proceeding, to five years on probation.

 

  "He did this out of stupidity borne from a dysfunctional family,"

Ollick's defense attorney, Robert Ullman, told Weinstein before the

sentencing. "He didn't do it for pecuniary gain."

 

  Ollick testified about his credentials and as a drug expert in a

hearing in State vs. Julio Mora, on July 10, 1997; in a deposition

in State vs. Anthony Vinci, on Sept. 10, 1997; and in a deposition

in State vs. Richard Chambliss on Jan. 12, according to a police

report.

 

  The three defendants in these cases were convicted despite

Ollick's testimony. But it is still unclear how his testimony will

affect dozens of other cases.

 

  Ullman presented a mental health expert who said Ollick suffers

from low self-esteem because his mother repeatedly told him he was

slow and would never amount to much. As a result, Ollick felt the

need to embellish his educational achievement.  "I can't tell you

how sorry I am," Ollick said. "I had absolutely no idea. ... I got

caught up in it. I just wanted to be noticed."

 

  Ollick, 51, of Weston, claimed on his resume  that he is a

forensic toxicologist with a doctorate in organic chemistry.

 

  In reality, he was a laboratory technician licensed by the Florida

Department of Health, state records show. He was fired from his job

and now works in a bagel shop for $7 an hour.