Tom Padgett's Child Custody Case
"An Investigative Firm"
March 11, 1996
Milton Toby, Esq. Attorney at Law 3070 Harrodsburg Road, Suite 240 Lexington, KY 40503-2753 RE: PADGETT VS PADGETT OUR FILE: 96-475 Dear Mr. Toby: This letter is intended to report investigative activity undertaken by this agency for Mr. Thomas Padgett in the above captioned cause. During this reporting period, our inquiry focused chiefly on the conduct and status of Sheldon Bauer, a person purported to be a private investigator in Florida. This investigation was necessary because of a letter ostensibly authored by a man named Sheldon Bauer, Executive Director, Bauer Enterprises, 512 Cleveland Street, Suite 103, Clearwater, Florida. As you know, this letter of April 04, 1995, was addressed to Mr. Michael Hallyburton, an attorney representing Mrs. Padgett. Mr. Bauer's authority to conduct private investigations in Florida is questionable. The style of the letter did not appear to me to have been written by an investigator. I also noted that the address of Bauer Enterprises was at 512 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, Florida. My research revealed that the address is a probable mail drop frequented by nearby Church of Scientology members. My research also revealed that Bauer Enterprises is not a Licensed Detective Agency in Florida, nor does that company name appear as a fictitious business name in Florida. Bauer Enterprises and Sheldon Bauer do not have occupational licenses with Pinellas County or the City of Clearwater, Florida. Bauer Enterprises is not listed in the telephone book and Shedon Bauer's telephone number is non-published. Post Office Box 150 * Tavares, FL 32778 * (904) 343-2406 * FAX (904)343-3864
Page Two Milton Toby, Esq. March 11, 1996 Re: Thomas Padgett Telephone calls to the number listed on the letter are answered by an answering machine with a male voice announcing that it is Bauer Enterprises. A business listing for Bauer Enterprises was found in Arlington Height, Illinois. That number has been disconnected. I noted that Sheldon Bauer conducted his investigative activity on March 01, 1995 and dated the letter to Mr. Hallyburton on April 04, 1995. Bauer apparently presented an Illinois Driver1 5 License as identification. Further data base research revealed that on April 21, 1995, Sheldon Warren Bauer, a white male born in 1938, was issued a Florida driver's license. A previous adress in Arlington Height Illinois was linked to this subject. I have reviewed a VHS video tape of a hearing in Kentucky that occurred on June 28, 1996. An attorney, presumably Hallyburton, told the court that they had "gone to the trouble and expense of having a private investigator in Florida go the hotel." I suspect that the letter in question was not authored by a licensed investigator and I further suspect that Mr. Hallyburton intentionally misrepresented that fact to the court. To substantiate my suspicions, I accessed computer data base for records of the Florida Division of Licensing, Secretary of State. That search failed to find anyone named Sheldon Bauer licensed to conduct investigations in this state. On the side of caution, on March 08, 1996, I contacted the Investigations Division, Secretary of State. That agency is responsible for enforcement of Chapter 493, Florida Statutes. That agency confirmed my suspicions that Sheldon Bauer is not licensed in this state as a private investigator. The state investigators have requested that the information contained herein be provided to them for investigation under Chapter 493. In furtherance of this investigation, on March 04, 1996, I interviewed and obtained a recorded statement from Gaby McGuire. A copy of the transcript of her statement is enclosed. The original audio tape is retained in the files of this agency. For your perusal and file, I am sending along some data base printouts pertaining to Sheldon Bauer. I am also enclosing my current Curriculum Vitae and a copy of my state license identification card.
Page Three Milton Toby, Esq. March 11, 1996 Re: Thomas Padgett If you have any questions or instructions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me. Investigation continues. Very truly yours, <signature> Richard D. Thomson RDT:cgt Enclosures cc: Mike Kelley Thomas Padgett
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