Attorney General’s Weekly Newsletter
Volume 8, Issue 15 • April 16, 2010
Corruption and scandal involving pay-to-play politics have amplified the need for transparency and accountability in our state. This week, the Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting Act was signed into law, promoting accountability in contingency fee contracts between the Attorney General’s Office and outside counsel and enabling us to maximize recoveries to the taxpayers of Florida.
As the Attorney General, I have a responsibility to make sure the public’s interest is protected and this office is insulated from undue influence when doing business with private firms. This law ensures that accountability and transparency will be enforced and will provide Floridians with a renewed sense of confidence in their government.
A Orange County man has been arrested on charges of child pornography possession. Philip David Campbell, 21, was arrested earlier today by law enforcement with the Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit after investigators discovered Campbell had multiple images of child pornography in his possession. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Apopka Police Department and the Winter Springs Police Department assisted with the arrest.
A Pinellas County man has been arrested on charges of child pornography possession. Malachi Surber, 33, was arrested early this morning by law enforcement with the Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit after investigators discovered Surber had multiple images of child pornography in his possession. The St. Petersburg Police Department, the Gulfport Police Department and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) assisted with the arrest.
Consumer Protection Actions:
Attorney General McCollum announced a settlement with a financial services company over allegations the company did not provide adequate data security for consumer records. Certegy Check Services, Inc., a St. Petersburg-based company, experienced a massive data breach which exposed personal identification information from approximately 5.9 million consumer files. Under the settlement, the company will ensure that safeguards are in place to protect consumer data.
Attorney General McCollum issued the following statement on the annual Florida Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run, a relay that began in March and is making its way through Tallahassee today
Attorney General McCollum applauded the signing of the Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting Act (SB 712/HB 437), a new law that will promote transparency and accountability in contingency fee contracts between the Attorney General’s Office and outside counsel. The law, which was sponsored by Senator John Thrasher and Representative Eric Eisnaugle and passed both chambers of the Florida Legislature with bipartisan support, was signed into law today by Governor Crist.
Attorney General McCollum issued the following statement on the safe return of Central Florida 11-year old Nadia Bloom, who had been missing for several days
Florida Attorney General McCollum issued the following statement on Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s decision to join the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform lawTweet