Tuesday, December 1, 1998
PHONY 'EXPERT' JAILED FOR 3 YEARS
by HENRY FITZGERALD JR. Staff Writer
Ollick testified in at least three first-degree
murder cases in Broward County court as a defense expert on how
affect the mind.
He charged up to $200
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
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."
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
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.