Article Courtesy of The Miami Herald/St. Petersburg Times
By Janet Zink
Published August 19, 2011
Division, in an e-mail after Spark received approval to investigate Ferman. “You should be aware of this in case the AG has any questions. If the case develops into something more significant I will advise accordingly.”
A short time later, Spark’s direct supervisor suggested that the case be settled by allowing Ferman to resolve the advertising question with fine print.
The case is ongoing, said Jennfier Meale, a spokeswoman for Bondi. Spark notes in his memo that Lawson’s e-mail didn’t mean Shimberg’s firm expected anything in exchange for his involvement with the transition team, “just that several people at the Division of Economic Crimes reacted as if he did.”
Bondi dismisses the notion that Ferman received special treatment.
“My only goal from day one has been to go after the bad guys, and give favoritism to no one,” she said.
Spark, she said, released his memo after learning he himself was under investigation.
“I wish I could micromanage this office of 1,200 employees,” she said. “I can’t.”
It was Lawson who made the decision to dismiss the Fort Lauderdale-based foreclosure attorneys, June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards.
The two say they were fired for political reasons, and had received glowing performance reviews from their previous boss, Bill McCollum.
Bondi’s office, though, has said their work was less than stellar.
Shortly after Bondi took office, Lawson met with attorneys for one of the firms they were investigating, Jacksonville-based Lender Processing Services, who complained that Edwards and Clarkson included inappropriate information in a presentation to court clerks.
Edwards and Clarkson also authored a subpoena challenged in Palm Beach County by the law firm of Shapiro & Fishman, also under investigation for irregularities in foreclosure proceedings.