OIG 12-008July 31, 2012Page 1 of 17
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In May 2012, the Broward Office of the Inspector General (OIG) began an investigation intoallegations that AlliedBarton Security Services LLC (AlliedBarton), a vendor that provides securityservices at both Port Everglades (the Seaport) and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood InternationalAirport (the Airport)—including checkpoint security, patrol duty, opening of gates, checkingcredentials and traffic control—failed to ensure that its top officials at the Seaport and the Airportobtained legally required licenses from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,Division of Licensing (DOL).The OIG investigation substantiated the allegations. We determined that AlliedBarton’s DistrictManager, Anne Marie Cummings, and Project Manager, David Macedo, managed day-to-day securityoperations of licensed security personnel at both the Seaport and the Airport without possessing theproper licenses as required by Florida Statutes Chapter 493 (F.S. 493), which regulates the licensing of private security agencies. The failure of AlliedBarton to ensure that Ms. Cummings and Mr. Macedowere properly licensed represents not only misconduct, but a public safety concern—a concernsummarized by the Florida Legislature as follows:
“unlicensed person[s] … engaged in the privatesecurity … industr[y] … are a threat to the welfare of the public if placed in a position of trust.”
The investigation determined that AlliedBarton knew that Ms. Cummings and Mr. Macedo were notlicensed when they assigned them to manage security functions and to direct the activities of licensedemployees at the Seaport and the Airport. Richard Mullan, Vice President/General Manager forAlliedBarton, and the company’s top executive in Florida, told the OIG that he knew Ms. Cummingsand Mr. Macedo were not licensed when he assigned them their responsibilities, and he did sobecause—in his opinion—the statute did not require either of them to be licensed. However, wheninterviewed by OIG Special Agents, officials at the DOL stated that any individual scheduling securityguards or otherwise directing their day-to-day activities
be a licensed manager. In fact, Ms.Cummings had applied for a Class “D” and Class “MB” license on three separate occasions, and eachtime the DOL denied her application, in part because it concluded that she did not have the securityexperience required to qualify for the licenses.The OIG was also informed that AlliedBarton did not train its supervisory personnel in therequirements of F.S. 493. Further, the DOL officials revealed that the company did not seek guidanceabout the licensure requirements for managers until after it learned of the OIG’s investigation.
On May 16, 2012, while the OIG investigation was underway, AlliedBarton terminated Ms. Cummings’ employment andMr. Macedo applied for his “MB” license, which he recently obtained.