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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. / While Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink has slammed gubernatorial challenger Rick Scott over his connection to Medicare fraud, two of Florida’s most egregious cases of consumer fraud–and the unfolding of the nation’s most infamous Ponzi scheme–have happened with Sink at the helm.

Elected as the state’s CFO in 2006, Sink heads the Department of Financial Services which oversees 13 divisions, including insurance fraud investigation, consumer protection, hedge funds, and registered investment advisors. One of those advisors, convicted Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff, admitted in 2008 to defrauding $50 billion from Florida investors. Twenty-five percent of the accounts Madoff managed belonged to Floridians, the South Florida Business Journal reported.

With Florida’s gubernatorial election four weeks away, critics point out Sink did nothing to stop the Ponzi locomotive that thundered through Florida on both coasts under her leadership. Certain Florida hedge fund managers had invested with Madoff, sentenced last year to 150 years in federal prison, and many voters wonder why Alex Sink failed to discover the fraud sooner. Earlier this year Fort Lauderdale attorney Scott Rothstein and Sarasota hedge fund manager Arthur Nadel pleaded guilty in unrelated schemes that defrauded consumers out of billions of dollars. The media even dubbed Nadel “mini-Madoff.”

Fred LaRosse, a Tampa-based Florida insurance agent, told Your Politics News that Alex Sink fought agents too hard when she should have kept a close eye on the likes of Rothstein and Nadel. 

“While she was trying to have insurance agents arrested for selling fixed annuities, Alex Sink missed the biggest financial fraud in history. And then there was Madoff,” LaRosse said. “Alex Sink’s department was responsible for regulating Bernie Madoff. If Sink couldn’t see fraud right in front of her, how could she ever run Florida as its governor?”

RealClearPolitics.com, a Chicago-based political poll tracker, projects Alex Sink with a 1.6-point lead over Republican challenger Rick Scott as of Sept. 22.


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Rick Scott win Republican primary

Rick Scott pulls off upset victory in Florida Republican primary.

 MIAMI / Rick Scott, the wealthy outsider who spent tens of millions of his own money, has defeated the better-known Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum for the Republican nomination for governor and will face Florida CFO Alex Sink in November after she won her party’s nomination.  

Gov. Charlie Crist, the one-time Republican, is vacating the  job after deciding to dodge the Republican primary and run for U.S. Senate as an Independent. 

McCollum who has spent decades in politics, was the favorite of the Republican establishment.  But Scott,  a wealthy former healthcare executive and investor who moved to Naples just seven years ago, spent $50 million of his own money painting McCollum as a “career politician” on TV ads.

 The Republican primary was the costliest on record, with more than $70 million combined spent by Scott, McCollum and the various companies and interest groups.

“I voted for Rick Scott because I’m a small businessman,” says Sammy Sejas from Dade County.  “He seems like a guy who wants to get the job done.”

Sink had virtually no opposition in her race and has spent only a fraction of her campaign warchest on ads.  She mostly sat on the sidelines during the campaign watching the Republican candidates beat up one another.

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