Letters: Two lawyers who left look good, not Bondi

By Letters to the Editor for Friday, Aug. 5 and The Palm Beach Post

“Bondi wants independent probe of employee firings” was the latest headline in The Palm Beach Post about the unfolding saga of how two highly productive female assistant attorneys general were dumped from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s agency.

In a previous article, “State defends ouster of foreclosure investigators,” there were accusations that the two women had an “aggressive” legal approach and that their investigative probing “did not make sense.” Those quotes were credited to attorneys defending two of the foreclosure law firms under scrutiny from Ms. Bondi’s office for deceptive practices: Shapiro Fishman Gache, LLP and Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra.

Another foreclosure processing firm, Lender Processing Services (LPS), was successfully solicited by Ms. Bondi for campaign contributions, even though the office Ms. Bondi was aspiring to head was investigating LPS for “creating and manufacturing “bogus assignments” of mortgage. “These documents appear to be forged, incorrectly and illegally executed, false and misleading.”

A month ago, former Deputy Attorney General Joe Jacquot left to become senior vice president of government affairs at LPS. Former Assistant Attorney General Erin Cullaro was fired for moonlighting for another target, Florida Default Law Group, while her unit was investigating that firm, after which she went to work for the above mentioned Shapiro Fishman Gache firm.

Florida’s Constitution mandates that the attorney general protect Florida consumers from fraud. Ms. Bondi’s delayed press release protested the conclusion that political motivations led to the simultaneous ousting of two highly rated attorneys who were engaged in ferreting out fraudulent conduct by certain targets. These same targets funded her campaign, wooed employees away from Ms. Bondi’s agency and complained that the women investigators weren’t adequately weak. Methinks the lady doth protest too much.


West Palm Beach

Editor’s note: Lisa Epstein blogs about foreclosure fraud, land record fraud and mortgage-backed securities fraud at ForeclosureHamlet.org.

SOURCE: The Palm Beach Post