Daily Archives: April 6, 2014

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Lawsuit: Florida Attorney General’s office deleted emails

Lawsuit: Florida Attorney General’s office deleted emails

TALLAHASSEE — A Tallahassee attorney embroiled in an ongoing land dispute with the state contends in a new court filing that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office deleted or withheld emails he was seeking.

Steven Andrews, who has been a persistent critic of Gov. Rick Scott, is involved in a lawsuit over attempts by the state to acquire land near the Governor’s Mansion. This week he filed documents alleging that Bondi’s office failed to promptly turn over 61 emails sent or received by senior staff.

Andrews and his legal team contend that in 19 instances, the emails were deleted altogether. Andrews found the emails only later, by cross-referencing documents from other agencies.

Andrews declined comment on the latest filing, but in it he states that Bondi’s office “willfully and in bad faith failed to produce or timely produce public records.”

Whitney Ray, a spokesman for Bondi, would only say that the allegations “are completely without merit.”

Ray pointed to a March 20 court filing by Bondi’s office that says her employees “went to great length” to fulfill numerous requests from Andrews despite what they termed his “lack of clarity as to the records sought and lack of cooperation in framing search parameters.”

Andrews says he has turned up internal information that shows Bondi’s employees manually decide whether to keep copies of emails. He has an early 2012 email in which an information technology employee warned that the archiving system used by Bondi’s office could allow individual employees to delete or fail to archive emails.

Florida has a broad public records law that requires emails and other documents to be made public, with exemptions for documents that cover items such as open criminal investigations

Andrews is currently involved in a lawsuit with the state in which he wants to buy land where his law offices are. The state is also trying to buy the property near the Governor’s Mansion and insists it has the right to acquire the property first. A circuit court sided with Andrews, but the state is appealing.

As part of the property lawsuit, Andrews has sought detailed public records regarding why state officials initially said they did not want the property but then changed their minds. He has asked for emails, text messages and other data and spent thousands of dollars in expenses to obtain the records.

In November, Andrews filed three separate lawsuits against Gov. Rick Scott, Bondi and the Department of State asking for a court to force the officials to hand over the records and to pay his attorney fees. His latest filing came in response to Bondi’s push to have the case the thrown out.

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Hewlett Packard : HP executives held in Pakistan tax probe: WSJ

Hewlett Packard : HP executives held in Pakistan tax probe: WSJ

(Reuters) – Two executives of the Pakistani arm of computer giant Hewlett-Packard Co were arrested by local officials in Karachi on Friday on suspicion of corporate tax evasion, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The arrested executives were identified as Shahid Ali Khan, HP Pakistan’s country general manager for printing and personal systems and country controller, Salim Rawjani. Hewlett-Packard had no comment when contacted about the Journal report.

The arrests followed a raid at a large Pakistani computer seller’s offices in Karachi that revealed records allegedly showing equipment as not being properly taxed, the Journal reported. (http://link.reuters.com/vyh38v)

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Women file suit alleging Wells Fargo gender bias

Women file suit alleging Wells Fargo gender bias

HELENA – Six women have filed a federal lawsuit against Wells Fargo & Co. alleging that they were wrongly fired and faced discrimination because of their gender.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Georgia Arnold, Jennifer Finstad, Michelle Jones, Meridith McWilliams, Lori Elliott and Kelsey George.

An official at Wells Fargo’s Helena bank declined to comment because of ongoing litigation.

In the lawsuit, Arnold contends that she and the other women were wrongly fired after she anonymously called her company’s ethics tip line to report that she didn’t think her supervisor was following banking standards with regard to debit cards.

ABN Amro Ex-CEO, wife and daughter found dead

This should be in the media.

As Bloomberg reports,

Former ABN Amro Group NV Netherlands Chief Executive Officer Jan Peter Schmittmann, his wife and a daughter were found dead at their home today after a possible “family tragedy,” Dutch police said.

 

The bodies of a father and mother and their daughter were found at the property” in the town of Laren, 32 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of Amsterdam, Dutch police said in a statement on their website today. Leonie Bosselaar, a police spokeswoman, said in a telephone call with Bloomberg News that the deceased were Schmittmann and two family members.

 

The police received a call around 10:30 a.m. local time from a family acquaintance who said something may be wrong at the property, according to the statement. Bosselaar declined to comment further on what may have happened.

 

The Dutch newspaper AD reported, without citing anyone, that the family was discovered by Schmittmann’s second daughter when she arrived home this morning. She was scheduled to travel to India with her parents, where she had an internship lined up, the newspaper said.

 

Schmittmann, 57, joined ABN Amro in 1983 as assistant relationship manager and was named head of the lender’s Dutch unit in 2003. He stepped down from the Amsterdam-based bank in December 2008, after the company was nationalized earlier that year.

This is not the only ABN employee to be found dead,  In 2009, Schmittmann’s former CFO was found dead from gunshot wounds:

 The former chief financial officer of Dutch bank ABN Amro has been found dead with shotgun wounds near his home in Surrey, the BBC has reported.

Huibert Gerard Boumeester was found dead yesterday, Sunday, with shotgun wounds, one week after being reported missing and “vulnerable”. Reports claim he was found with two shotguns which he had brought from his home, though Thames Valley Police say his death is currently being treated as “unexplained”.

 

Boumeester, 49, left his role as CFO encompassing responsibility for group-wide finance, risk management, investor relations, communications and strategic decision support in March 2008 citing “personal reasons” six months after ABN Amro was bought by Fortis, Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander. The Dutch government now owns Fortis Bank and has taken direct ownership of its stake in ABN Amro. The British government owns most of RBS.

There are suggestions that Boumeester took his own life..

This brings the list to 12:

1 – William Broeksmit, 58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG, was found dead in his home after an apparent suicide in South Kensington in central London, on January 26th.

2 – Karl Slym, 51 year old Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym, was found dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok on January 27th.

3 – Gabriel Magee, a 39-year-old JP Morgan employee, died after falling from the roof of the JP Morgan European headquarters in London on January 27th.

4 – Mike Dueker, 50-year-old chief economist of a US investment bank was found dead close to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State.

5 – Richard Talley, the 57 year old founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was found dead earlier this month after apparently shooting himself with a nail gun.

6 – Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, also died last month, however the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown.

7 – Ryan Henry Crane, a 37 year old executive at JP Morgan died in an alleged suicide just a few weeks ago.  No details have been released about his death aside from this small obituary announcement at the Stamford Daily Voice.

8 – Li Junjie, 33-year-old banker in Hong Kong jumped from the JP Morgan HQ in Hong Kong this week.

9 – James Stuart Jr, Former National Bank of Commerce CEO, found dead in Scottsdale, Ariz., the morning of Feb. 19. A family spokesman did not say whatcaused the death

10 – Edmund (Eddie) Reilly, 47, a trader at Midtown’s Vertical Group, commited suicide by jumping in front of LIRR train

11 – Kenneth Bellando, 28, a trader at Levy Capital, formerly investment banking analyst at JPMorgan, jumped to his death from his 6th floor East Side apartment.

12 – Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57, the former CEO of Dutch bank ABN Amro found dead at home near Amsterdam with wife and daughter.