Democrat Alex Sink says the big difference between her and Republican rival Rick Scott in the gubernatorial race is that she has ``never been associated with any whiff of scandal, corruption or cheating the government.''
But a decade ago, Sink sat on the board of a Tampa-based call-center operator, Sykes Enterprises, a company sued by Florida's state investment fund and by thousands of shareholders for giving them ``knowingly inflated'' financial information.
In court records, Sykes said that it was the victim of vague and complicated accounting rules, but the company ultimately settled the 10,000-member class-action lawsuit in 2000 for $30 million.
Sink, now Florida's chief financial officer, says the Sykes civil lawsuit issue pales in comparison to Scott's business scandal at Columbia/HCA. The hospital chain, which Scott founded and ran, was the target of a criminal probe that ultimately resulted in a record $1.7 billion Medicare fraud fine in 1997. More here.