Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 8, Issue 31 • July 30, 2010

This week a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction that will prevent law enforcement from performing critical functions under Arizona’s Immigration Law while the Court deliberates on the constitutionality of the law's key provisions. My office will continue to actively support Arizona in the legal fight challenging their law and continue working with Representative Will Snyder, House Chairman of Criminal and Civil Justice Policy Council, to draft legislation for Florida's version of the Arizona immigration law.

In Cabinet this week, I proposed a motion that was passed unanimously requiring all Florida state agencies under the Cabinet's authority to use the E-verify system when screening potential employees. The Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify system allows employers to determine the eligibility of an employee to work in the United States.

I applaud our Cabinet for taking action and voting to require that every Cabinet agency use the E-verify system. Florida state government should lead by example, and this is an excellent example to set.

Finally, this week Florida lost a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of Admiral Collins, the Secretary of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. Admiral Collins was a Naval Officer with an exemplary career, an exceptional public servant, and an advocate for our state's thousands of veterans. He will be missed greatly.

CyberCrime Update:


A Volusia County man has been taken into custody on charges of child pornography possession. Kenneth Wayne Crist, 24, was arrested by law enforcement officers with the Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit and the New Smyrna Beach Police Department. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrest.

A Jacksonville man is in custody on charges that he transmitted materials of a sexual nature to someone he thought was a 13-year old girl. Marion Edgar Texton had numerous sexually explicit conversations with an undercover CyberCrime investigator. He was arrested today by law enforcement officers with the Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit with assistance from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Consumer Protection Actions:


Attorney General McCollum announced his office has launched investigations into two companies over allegations they offered free emergency response training to consumers, but then withheld the certifications for various reasons. Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) training is required by anyone who is exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances while on the job, including those hired to assist with the Deepwater Horizon cleanup response.

Criminal Proceedings:


Attorney General McCollum announced that four Miami-Dade County residents are in custody for allegedly defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $539,000. The defendants are speech pathologists and assistants all employed by The Center for Bilingual Speech and Language Disorders, Inc. in Miami. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

News Releases:



Volusia County Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

Attorney General Issues Statement on Death of Admiral Collins

Attorney General Announces Two Oil Spill-Related Investigations

Attorney General Leads Successful Cabinet Motion to Require Numerous Florida Agencies to Use E-Verify System

Attorney General McCollum issues statement on preliminary injunction in Arizona immigration lawsuit

Four Miami-Dade Medical Professionals Arrested for Defrauding Medicaid Out of $539,000

Jacksonville Man Arrested for Sending Obscene Material to "Child"

Attorney General Issues Statement on Reported Departure of BP CEO Hayward

Attorney General Names Orlando Deputy "School Resource Officer of the Year"

Additional Notes:


Attorney General issued the following statement after learning of the passing of Admiral Leroy Collins, Jr., the Secretary of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.

Attorney General McCollum issued the following statement after proposing a motion that was passed unanimously by the Governor and Florida Cabinet to require all Florida state agencies under the Cabinet’s authority to use the E-verify system when screening potential employees.

Attorney General McCollum issued the following statement on the preliminary injunction issued today by a federal judge in the lawsuit challenging the Arizona immigration law.

Attorney General McCollum issued the following statement on the reported departure of BP CEO Tony Hayward from the company's top post.

Attorney General McCollum recognized Deputy First Class Sandra Klawe-Genao of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office as the Attorney General’s 2010 School Resource Officer of the Year. The Attorney General’s Office presented the award at the 31st annual conference of the Florida Association of School Resource Officers in Naples. The conference was attended by more than 300 law enforcement officers from around the state.