Florida AG’s Office Fires Attorneys For Pursuing Banks

Florida is one of the states hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis.  Entire developments sit abandoned and stories of fraud bubble up on a near daily basis.  So you would think that the state’s Attorney General’s office would be among those leading the investigations into illegal lending and processing practices that fueled the housing bubble then preyed on its victims.

You’d be wrong.

According to former Assistant Attorney General Theresa Edwards, she was fired from the office for pursuing banks too aggressively.  In an interview with the Palm Beach Post, Edwards claims that she and colleague June Clarkson were in the middle of investigating the state’s foreclosure mills when they were fired.

At the time they were let go, Edwards and Clarkson were collecting evidence of legal malpractice and fraud engaged in by banks and loan servicers.

The investigations had originated under Attorney General Bill McCollum.  But once Rick Scott and now-Attorney General Pam Bondi were elected, the focus and the spirit of the Attorney General’s Office shifted.

That might have something to do with Bondi’s receipt of $57,500 from the securities and investment industries and $150,925 from the real estate industry during her election campaign.  If the allegations are correct then what we see is yet another startling example of Republican leadership looking out for the interests of wealthy donors at the expense of justice for their constituents.

Photo from respres via flickr.

45 comments

Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran4 years ago

Thanks

Mitch D.
Mitch D.4 years ago

Anyone voting for a republican is voting for someone who does NOT have the voter's interest at heart. Period. End of story!

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S.4 years ago

I recently moved from FL after living there for almost 13 years, and I can tell you that there are way too many crooked politicians and other high-level officials in that state from city-level upwards. The thing is that the majority of the voters keep voting for the Republicans who have done nothing but trick them and lie to them repeatedly. No sense.

Claude Hines
Claude Hines4 years ago

Luvenia- I couldn't have said it better myself! This act of insanity seems to prove that people no longer use their brains when making a decision, but vote 'knee-jerk' party affiliations and personal bias' - with sad and dangerous results.

kristine r.
Kristine rosstad4 years ago

perhaps if we stop trying to blame our neighbors, the poor, and the victims themselves, we can get around to stopping the actual perpetrators of this crime rather than elect them into office. now lets stop watching the kardashians, jersey shore, & faux news and start being civic minded and get to work. together we CAN do this. WE really do have the power.

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y.4 years ago

Outrageous conflict of interest. Voters need to fire Bondi.

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

Nothing new from Rick Scott, total slimebag in an expensive suit. This is proof that if you fill a nice suit up with manure you can run it in an election....and win.

Patricia Gallandat
Patricia G.4 years ago

FLORIDIANS do your patriotic duty and get involved and VOTE...VOTE...VOTE.... Do not listen to all the HOOPLAH the candidates put out.
Avoid putting Republicans in office that don't have a good moral reputation and background.

The PEOPLE need to take control of our STATE and we need to truly scrutinize the people running for office.

It was blastered everywhere that Rick Scott was known to do bad business.. We were warned about him but people didn't heed the warnings.. As the ole saying "once a crook always a crook"

WAKE UP PEOPLE....get your heads on staright....

Michael Kirkby
Michael Kirkby4 years ago

Why shouldn't they be pursuing the bankers? If it was you or I perpetrating something of this criminal nature you can bet your bottom dollar we would be under investigation 24/7. These are the very banks that in their pursuit of immoral and unethical avarice backdated mortgages and without checking facts; ended up trying to foreclose and resell property of owners whose payments were up to date. These legal owners whose mortgages were not outstanding in any way then had to hire lawyers in order to fight foreclosure. If you thought the sub prime mortgages were double dipping; consider the above.

Danuta W.
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Very interesting.