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Irked by tweet, Pam Bondi pays a visit

TALLAHASSEE -- Don't underestimate a tweet. They get read. And sometimes, they can annoy the powers that be.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was in a meeting Tuesday when a staffer interrupted to show her this tweet from the League of Women Voters Florida: "Sen. Darren Soto expresses concern about revolving door issue at the FL Attorney General's office and asks for regulation."

The tweet refers to the practice of staffers leaving state agencies to work for firms that then lobby the agency they left. Soto mentioned the Attorney General's office in a hypothetical scenario, but didn't intend to besmirch Bondi's office.

Minutes after the tweet,  Bondi dropped by the Senate Ethics Committee meeting that was a 5-minute walk from her office. As she sat down, Committee Chair Jack Latvala welcomed Bondi and asked her why she was visiting.

"I heard disparaging remarks made about my office," she told Latvala, who looked startled but continued with the meeting.

Minutes later, it was time for Bondi to explain.

“I tell ya, I didn’t hear any disparaging remarks about your office, but if you’d like to come speak to us about ethics, it’s a great day in Florida and we’d be happy to hear from you,” Latvala told Bondi.

“Thank you,” Bondi replied. “I think maybe, perhaps, someone tweeted out something that misrepresented what a senator perhaps said. I guess it got sent out that I had a revolving door at my office. But if anyone has any questions with employees at my office, I guess that got misconstrued in a tweet. I know that’s shocking to hear that can happen. So I just wanted to be here if anyone had any questions.”

“I didn’t tweet,” Latvala quipped.

“I just wanted to be hear if anyone had any questions,” Bondi said.

“I do apologize," Soto said, cutting in. "We were talking here ..If it was taken that way, that was not the intent. “ (NOTE: Soto didn't tweet it).

"Thank you," Bondi said.

"I didn’t hear anything that was disparaging," Latvala said. 

"Thank you," Bondi said. "May I address the committee?  If you ever have any questions regarding my office, please come sit down with me."

As Bondi left, she added: "I actually got pulled out of a meeting."

Later, the League of Women Voters tweeted this: "We apologize to @AGPamBondi for incorrectly paraphrasing Sen. Soto's remarks about revolving door issue, and we respect her office."

In the hallway, it seemed that Bondi had moved on.

"I don’t want to create something that wasn’t there, but someone tweeted my office needs reform because of a revolving door," Bondi said. "I’m very proud of my office and my staff and the hard work that we do, I wanted to be able to respond."

Why so sensitive? Well, even though he did apoligize, Soto, an Orlando Democrat, did write 2011 press release with Sen. Eleanor Sobel, a Hollywood Democrat who also sits on the Ethics Committee that said this: 

“A number of troubling questions have come to our attention involving past and current 
employees of the Attorney General’s office and at least one mortgage processing company
currently under investigation. In particular, we are especially concerned with the sudden departure to Lender
Processing Services of your former special counsel, Joe Jacquot, and the subsequent dismissal of
two apparently top notch foreclosure fraud attorneys – June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards -
from the Department of Legal Affairs.
Now that's a revolving door.

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John WPB

Very cool. I like that Pam Bondi. She has guts.

amigay

If there is no fire, then why is she smokin'? And how does one just 'drop in' on a meeting one was never invited to unless one has an incredible degree of arrogance. As has been oft-quoted "Methinks she dost protest too much!"

skanky is as skanky does

My that woman is UNSTABLE! She has a temper tantrum every time anyone even remotely criticizes her.... and she deserves a LOT of criticism!

BTW, whatever happened to her sham wedding? She got engaged to her sugar daddy so she would look a little more respectable during her campaign. Well, 2 years later.... no wedding!

Rob Harrington

Apparently, many people in Florida love Pam Bondi... we have the signatures to prove it. By the way, Lorraine Brown of LPS (DocX) is now going to prison... Thanks Pam for all of your hard work not catching coporate criminals here in FL... http://4closurefraud.org/2011/08/11/signed-petition-absolve-ms-bondi-of-the-totally-unfair-and-very-mean-allegations-of-wrongdoing-and-corruption/

Rob Harrington

Pam, please read what the law says here in FL about forgeries and stealing properties... 2011 Florida Statutes
Title XLVI CRIMES Chapter 817 FRAUDULENT PRACTICES View Entire Chapter

 817.02 Obtaining property by false personation.—Whoever falsely personates or represents another, and in such assumed character receives any property intended to be delivered to the party so personated, with intent to convert the same to his or her own use, shall be punished as if he or she had been convicted of larceny.
History.—s. 49, sub-ch. 4, ch. 1637, 1868; RS 2466; GS 3321; RGS 5156; CGL 7259; s. 1244, ch. 97-102.
2011 Florida Statutes
Title XLVI CRIMES Chapter 831 FORGERY AND COUNTERFEITING View Entire Chapter

 831.01 Forgery.—Whoever falsely makes, alters, forges or counterfeits a public record, or a certificate, return or attestation of any clerk or register of a court, public register, notary public, town clerk or any public officer, in relation to a matter wherein such certificate, return or attestation may be received as a legal proof; or a charter, deed, will, testament, bond, or writing obligatory, letter of attorney, policy of insurance, bill of lading, bill of exchange or promissory note, or an order, acquittance, or discharge for money or other property, or an acceptance of a bill of exchange or promissory note for the payment of money, or any receipt for money, goods or other property, or any passage ticket, pass or other evidence of transportation issued by a common carrier, with intent to injure or defraud any person, shall be guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
History.—s. 1, ch. 1637, 1868; RS 2479; s. 6, ch. 4702, 1899; GS 3359; RGS 5206; CGL 7324; s. 1, ch. 59-31; s. 1, ch. 61-98; s. 959, ch. 71-136; s. 32, ch. 73-334.


Rob Harrington

Pam made her bed, now she can lie in it... It was her career and she contributed mightily to it. A career and our decisions follows us around for the rest of our lives. Pam Bondi will be long remembered for how she "defended" the homeowners and property owners of FL. http://4closurefraud.org/2011/08/03/more-than-6000-fellow-floridians-sign-petition-to-the-inspector-general-to-investigate-attorney-general-bondis-firings-of-june-clarkson-and-theresa-edwards/

Rob Harrington

By the way, can any lawyers answer the following question? If the lenders' representatives (BANKS) directly altered the homeowners' income to debt ratios to get a loan approval utilizing loan processing software (such as LPS Desktop Underwriter for example,)to force the loan to be approved so they can make their profits (commissions/paychecks) is that considered MORTGAGE FRAUD?
2011 Florida Statutes
Title XLVI CRIMES Chapter 817 FRAUDULENT PRACTICES View Entire Chapter

 817.545 Mortgage fraud.—
 (1)For the purposes of the section, the term “mortgage lending process” means the process through which a person seeks or obtains a residential mortgage loan, including, but not limited to, the solicitation, application or origination, negotiation of terms, third-party provider services, underwriting, signing and closing, and funding of the loan. Documents involved in the mortgage lending process include, but are not limited to, mortgages, deeds, surveys, inspection reports, uniform residential loan applications, or other loan applications; appraisal reports; HUD-1 settlement statements; supporting personal documentation for loan applications such as W-2 forms, verifications of income and employment, credit reports, bank statements, tax returns, and payroll stubs; and any required disclosures.
 (2)A person commits the offense of mortgage fraud if, with the intent to defraud, the person knowingly:
 (a)Makes any material misstatement, misrepresentation, or omission during the mortgage lending process with the intention that the misstatement, misrepresentation, or omission will be relied on by a mortgage lender, borrower, or any other person or entity involved in the mortgage lending process; however, omissions on a loan application regarding employment, income, or assets for a loan which does not require this information are not considered a material omission for purposes of this subsection.
 (b)Uses or facilitates the use of any material misstatement, misrepresentation, or omission during the mortgage lending process with the intention that the material misstatement, misrepresentation, or omission will be relied on by a mortgage lender, borrower, or any other person or entity involved in the mortgage lending process; however, omissions on a loan application regarding employment, income, or assets for a loan which does not require this information are not considered a material omission for purposes of this subsection.
 (c)Receives any proceeds or any other funds in connection with the mortgage lending process that the person knew resulted from a violation of paragraph (a) or paragraph (b).
 (d)Files or causes to be filed with the clerk of the circuit court for any county of this state a document involved in the mortgage lending process which contains a material misstatement, misrepresentation, or omission.
 (3)An offense of mortgage fraud may not be predicated solely upon information lawfully disclosed under federal disclosure laws, regulations, or interpretations related to the mortgage lending process.
 (4)For the purpose of venue under this section, any violation of this section is considered to have been committed:
 (a)In the county in which the real property is located; or
 (b)In any county in which a material act was performed in furtherance of the violation.
 (5)(a)Any person who violates subsection (2) commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
 (b)Any person who violates subsection (2), and the loan value stated on documents used in the mortgage lending process exceeds $100,000, commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
History.—s. 13, ch. 2007-182; s. 2, ch. 2008-80.

Rob Harrington

(oops) *debt to income ratios... but who is really paying attention to any of this anyhow?

Rob Harrington

There is no defense of defending fraud by LPS, the banks, and their attorneys who routinely break the law by aiding and abetting...

Rob Harrington

Pammie failed to understand that perhaps 80% of Florida's defrauded homeowners were victims of crimes.... but her handlers enticed her to defend their industry. http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2011/12/fbi-estimates-80-of-mortgage-fraud-involved-industry-insiders/

rene

The woman needs a reality check. When the people leave work there to work for the very crooks, what does that say about her? THEY ARE NOT thinking about homeowners and if they believe they are we need to give them a lesson on securitization, on forged documents put into record, on judges not helping the situation but hurting it by ignoring the fraud. Also, when I watched the hearings the other night the "suits" of judges talked about how the settlement money would allow them to expedite the foreclosure process?REALLY? The settlement money for all the penalties for the fraud that was perpetuated against homeowners? THAT settlement? AND THAT MONEY IS GOING TO BE USED TO EXPEDITE THE FRAUDCLOSURES??? GET REAL PAM and realize you are the problem if you are not part of the solution!

Bobbi Swann

@ Rob Harrington & Hutmaster - Could not agree with you more and I DO pay attention! Pam Bondi and the Courts do not adhere to or pay any attention to 2011 Florida Statutes
Title XLVI CRIMES Chapter 817 FRAUDULENT PRACTICES. Just try to get any judge to recognize any portion of that statute in court let alone our elustrious Pam Blondie and her minions! Hopefully she will be gone with the next re-election. I mean, really, look what happened to West down in WPB and that area is just chock full of fraud, but mostly in the courts. I surely don't understand such posts as the one here by "John WPB" as I can only assume it's one of Bondi's own minions or even Pamie herself! Such ingnorance is so prevailing here in Floriduh!

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