August 14, 2009
Collaboration among various agencies is necessary in order for the government to serve people as efficiently as possible, particularly as business matters cross jurisdictions or mature into the next phase of resolution.
DBPR works with State Attorney's Offices to zero in on serious criminal violations, such as fraud, theft, breach of trust, property destruction and culpable negligence, and to act quickly and bring justice about. Recently, we met with several State Attorneys to keep these lines of communications open so we can protect Floridians and licensees.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation has oversight over our regulated businesses and professionals. We take administrative action against licensees who violate state laws. Sometimes, in addition to administrative penalties, these violations may require criminal prosecution. When we begin handling the administrative side of complaints, we also forward the complaints containing possible criminal violations to the State Attorney's Offices throughout the state for the resolution of the criminal matter.
We met with the State Attorneys for the 16th and 17th Judicial Circuits in Ft. Lauderdale and the upper Keys to discuss how we can better cooperate in interagency prosecutions and improve the transfer of cases for criminal prosecution. Topics included using a secure, Web-based site to upload and download cases, outlining the cases with summaries, and engaging in mutual training. Discussions in the Keys focused on unlicensed activity and how we can work together to stop it. Unlicensed activity undercuts our law-abiding licensees and steals valuable work.
By working closely with State Attorney's Offices across the state, we can pool resources to ensure we do not duplicate efforts, more efficiently prosecute violators of state laws, and ultimately better protect the public.
Charles W. Drago
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