Once upon a time Shahrukh Dhanji wanted to be sheriff of Broward County. Now the failed candidate and past state human relations commissioner is wanted by the law.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued an arrest warrant for Dhanji Feb. 10, said FDLE spokeswoman Kristen Perezluha. The warrant is for two felonies -- official misconduct and violating campaign contributions -- and misdemeanor falsifying a public record.
But Dhanji is a tough man to find.
"He has not been located at this point but we do have an active warrant for him,'' Perezluha said.
Dhanji's home telephone in Coconut Creek is disconnected and his cell phone voicemail is full. His business partner and pal Howard Gressman said that Dhanji is on a "business trip'' but doesn't know where or when he will return. He says he hasn't talked to Dhanji about the arrest warrant and says he went on his trip before it was issued.
Dhanji was a colorful candidate. He launched his campaign with a "Shak for Sheriff'' message -- a nod to his knickname which he said had nothing to do with the basketball star Shaquille O'Neal, who has also expressed interest in a law enforcement career.
Dhanji came in last place in a five-way Democratic primary in August and ultimately Republican Al Lamberti won in November. Gov. Charlie Crist had appointed Lamberti to the post after Ken Jenne stepped down in 2007.
Then Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Dhanji to the Florida Commission on Human Relations in 2005. He announced in 2008 that he would resign that post effective Jan. 1, 2009 since if he had won the sheriff's race he couldn't have served in both offices.