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Janua 6,2012Number 12312
RECEIPT OF INITIAL INFORMATION
On August
2,
2011, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater received a written request from AttorneyGeneral Pam Bondi asking his "inspector general to conduct
an
independent review
of
theemployment termination
of
June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards."In response to Attorney General Bondi's request, Chief Financial Officer Atwater assigned the matter to his Inspector General, Ned Luczynski, and provided written assurance to AttorneyGeneral Bondithat neither Inspector General Luczynski, nor his staff, would involve
or
report tohim(Atwater), orany member
of
his staff,regarding the review.
The
Department
of
Financial Services Office
of
Inspector Generalconducted a telephonicinterview with Clarkson and Edwards to provide them
an
opportunity
to
statethe circumstancesof, and any issues related to,their forced resignation/termination(termination)
of
employmentfrom the Florida Office
of
the Attorney General. The interview was conducted August 30, 2011,three weeks after Chief Financial Officer Atwater received the request from Attorney General
Bondi-which
was the first day the Office
of
Inspector General andClarksonand Edwards wereall available. Clarkson and Edwards made no specific allegations indicating a violation
of
law,rule, or policy occurred related to their termination; however, Edwards suggested that theirtermination may have been politically motivated.
SCOPE OFINQUIRY
1
No person provided sufficient facts aviolation
of
law, rule or policy occurred to warrant aninvestigation into Clarkson's and Edwards'termination.An inquiry was conducted, because abroadinterpretationof Clarkson's and Edwards'concerns theirtermination waspolitically motivated potentially constitutes a misuse
of
public position, inviolationofChapter 112, Flori
da
Statutes.
The
inquiry consisted
of
fact-gathering
of
the circumstances surroundi
ng
theirtermination to determine whether sufficient evidence existed
to
support Clarkson's andEdwards'concerns or any other related violation
of
law, rule or policy.
CONCLUSION
A review of the circumstances surrounding the termination of Clarkson and Edwards, along withthe information gathered during this inquiry, did not warrant initiating a formalinvestigationinto apotential violation
of
law, rule
or
policy. During the course
of
the inquiry there was no specificallegation
of
wrongdoing made by any person, and no discovery
of
evidence
of
wrongdoing onthe part
of
anyone involvedinthe matter.
1
Inquiries may be initiated when there
is
a complaint orconcernnot accompaniedby sufficientfacts that aviolationof law,rule,or policy governing the conduct
of
a state employee orcontractormay haveoccurred.Investigationsmay
be
initiated when a complaint is received allegingsufficientfacts thatif true would constitute a violation
of
law, rule,
or
policy governing the conduct of astateemployee orcontractor.
 
Contents
Florida Department
of
Financial ServicesOffice
of
Inspector General
RECEIPT OF INITIAL INFORMATION ....................................................................................... 1SCOPE OF INQUIRY .................................................................................................................1CONCLUSION ............................................................................................................................1INQUIRY CONDUCTED BY .......................................................................................................3REFERRED TO ..........................................................................................................................3REFERENCED PERSONS .........................................................................................................3SUMMARY OF INQUIRY ...........................................................................................................5INTERVIEWS ..........................................................................................................................5Interview of June Clarkson
&
Theresa Edwards ................................................................... 5Interview of Richard Lawson .................................................................................................8Interview of Jerry Lockwood ............................................................................................... 28Interview of Carlos Muniz ................................................................................................... 33Interview of Trish Conners .................................................................................................. 35Interview
of
Ama Douglas ...................................................................................................
41
Interview
of
Rebecca Woolever ..........................................................................................
46
Interview
of
Robert Julian
..
.,
...............................................................................................
51
Interview
of
Joseph Gentili ..................................................................................................
65
REVIEW OF DOCUMENTATION AND OTHER RECORDS .................................................. 69Review
of
Email .................................................................................................................69Public Records Request .....................................................................................................69Summary
of
Cathy Lerman Email Regarding Professionalism Issues .................................
70
Summary of Barry Richard Letter Regarding Professionalism Issues .................................
71
Summary
of,
and Response to, LPS Letter Re PowerPoint Presentation Issues ................
72
Review
of
Time Tracking .................................................................................................... 74FINDINGS ................................................................................................................................ 74INITIAL PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT ............................................................................. 74DISCLOSURE OF PERFORMANCE ISSUES .......................................................................
75
FAILURE TO FOLLOW DIRECTIVES AND/OR POOR JUDGMENT ....................................
76
CASE MANAGEMENT ISSUES ............................................................................................76POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ISSUES ...........................................................................77PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST ISSUES ...............................................................................78ISSUES WITH ASSIGNED CASES .......................................................................................78ISSUES REGARDING FAILURE TO UTILIZE INVESTIGATORS ......................................... 80SUPERVISORY ISSUES .......................................................................................................
81
SUPERVISOR'S PERSPECTIVE ..........................................................................................
81
RELEASE OF CONFIDENTIAL DRAFT MULTISTATE LPS SUBPOENA ............................. 82NO OUTSIDE INFLUENCE TO RELAX PROSECUTORIAL EFFORTS AGAINSTFORECLOSURE MILLS ........................................................................................................
82
DECISION TO TERMINATE .................................................................................................. 83CONCLUSIONS .......................................................................................................................84CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION .............................................................................................. 84DISTRIBUTION AND ATTESTATION ....................................................................................... 85
2
 
Florida Department
of
Financial ServicesOffice
of
Inspector General
INQUIRY CONDUCTED BY
Ned Luczynski, Inspector GeneralandTracy
J.
Corbitt,Director
of
Investigations
REFERRED TO
James Varnado, Inspector General,Florida Office
of
the Attorney General
REFERENCED PERSONS
STATUSNAMEPOSITIONAffected Persons:
June ClarksonFormer Assistant Attorney Genera
l,
FortLauderdale,Florida Office
of
the Attorney_ GeneralTheresa Edwards Former AssistantAttorney General,FortLauderdale, FloridaOffice
of
the Attorney General
YEARS DATE OFSTATUSNAME w/OAG
2
INTERVIEW POSITIONWitnesses:
T rish Conners
25
9/21/11 AssociateDeputyAttorneyGeneral,Tallahassee,Florida Office
of
the AttorneyGeneralAma Douglas
5
10/11/11Senior
Fi
nancial Investigator, Division
of
EconomicCrimes,Fort Lauderdale, FloridaOffice
of
the AttorneyGeneralJoe Gentili 411/10/11 Assistant AttorneyGeneral, Division
of
Economic
Cr
imes,Fort Lauderdale, FloridaOffice
of
theAttorneyGeneralRobert Julian710/19/11FormerChief-AssistantAttorney General,Division
of
Economic Crimes,Fort Lauderdale,FloridaOffice
of
theAttorneyGeneralRichard Lawson9mos.9/14/11 Director,Division
of
EconomicCrimes,Tallahassee,Florida Office
of
theAttorneyGeneralJerry Lockwood14 9/14/11Chief
of
Investigations,Division
of
EconomicCrimes,Jacksonville,FloridaOffice
of
theAttorney GeneralCarlos Muniz 9 mos.9/19/11Deputy Attorney General/Chief
of
Staff, Tallahassee,Florida Office
of
the AttorneyGeneralRebecca Woolever 2.9 10/13/11FinancialInvestigato
r,
Division
of
EconomicCrimes,T affahassee,FloridaOffice
of
theAttorney General
2
As reported by witnesses.
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