Rick Scott Appoints Shutts & Bowen Lawyer to State Ethics Commission

Rick Scott never rests. Every day, he comes up with another assault on the senses of good Floridians.  

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Scott, right, and his apparent alter ego.
​Today, in another example of Scott's incredible disdain for all that is good and holy, the governor appointed attorney Linda Robison to the Florida Commission on Ethics. Who is Robison? Well, she's a health-care attorney who lists among her specialties the defense of hospitals and clinics against fraud allegations. So naturally she's thought of fondly by Scott, whose former hospital company committed the greatest health care fraud in U.S. history. Who knows what his new one, Solantic, will be capable of before it's over.

But that's not the worst part. It's the fact that Robison's law firm, Shutts & Bowen, is at the epicenter of influence-peddling in Broward County. 

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Robison
​Among the firm's attorneys is George Platt, a former county commissioner turned lobbyist (revolving door, anyone?) who has made it a habit to hire politicians' relatives to work at Shutts & Bowen as a way to increase his influence. You also have Alex Heckler, who comes up in the Beth Talabisco criminal corruption case as someone who helped set up a political slush fund that was secretly bankrolled by dirty developers Bruce and Shawn Chait. 

Robison, of course, has every right to do what she does for a living, as does Platt and Heckler, but they are the antithesis of government watchdogs. This is the same guy who put a shipyard executive in charge of environmental protection and a developer in charge of the state's growth management. 

Inside, see a video of Scott getting absolutely taken to the woodshed by none other than anchorman Rick Sanchez. It's classic viewing -- and makes his subsequent ascendance to the governor's mansion all the more surreal. 


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Anon
Anon

Her ties to HCA are quite interesting.

unowho
unowho

My fellow Pulpsters we are all entitled to our opinions of Rick Scott his past is history.Give the Governor a chance to prove himself ie (high speed train) wise decision.Three months and you are ready to hang his bald head.....Two years and if there is anything left of Floriduh...... than we hang him!!!@ MC I have my reasons @Glitz ....Wear a hat?.... Shame on you Glitters .....Samuel L Jackson , LL Cool Jay,Bruce Willis,Micheal Jordan Jason Taylor,Vin Diesel ,Ben Kingsley my hero Mark Messier and ..."moi" just to name a few !!! LOL

unowho
unowho

Lets take Scottyboy as an example ,Scott was doing the fraudulent activity himself and none of the others at RRA had a clue other than Villegas and a few others directly involved.Therefore it is quite possibull that Rick Scott is innocent of any wrongdoing.....IMHO!!!

Guest
Guest

Crook Scott is going to ravage our state and when his term is up in 4 yrs, he and his cronies are going to be left very very rich men. What a shame! With all due respect Crook Scott... wear a hat!

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

Seems to me this is just more of the same... I read that Robison and Scott worked together in Texas as lawyers (Parkland Man insert rant here).

Scott the "different" candidate is just another politician in office. Giving his friends jobs.

DeadNormAbromowitz
DeadNormAbromowitz

But the curent lot on the ethic's commission is ok? I really need to have someone help me contect the dots, we seem to have an abundance of corruption in this state and county, so now the Gov is replacing people and we don't like the new ones? What about the olds ones? Same as the new ones, that's a song my 70 rockers....but really the dems fucked this county up, I mean really FUBARed it, so I'm up for change, any change......

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Windsome Lad: I'm thinking about throwing in a fecal sample for good measure.

Avery Cardinal Dulles
Avery Cardinal Dulles

Here's how I look at the "medicare fraud" settlement at Governor Scott's former company. The process by which the US government conducts such investigations is even more daunting to the accused than an IRS audit--in an audit, if the IRS says you owe, you're going to pay nearly 100% of the time no matter what. If you have means, perhaps some mitigated settlement will be arranged, but you're still going to pay. A medicare investigation is pretty much the same way, though in the case of a large private or public company the feds have the additional weapon of bad publicity in addition to the rest of their stacked deck. The governor built one of the most successful and efficient health care companies in the history of the world from a commercial standpoint, and built it from one hospital. As a deliberate and practical individual who is not constantly outraged as part of my job description, I can comfortably give the benefit of the doubt. I doubt someone so professionally focused as the governor would endorse or allow some massive fraud to be perpetrated with his knowledge or collusion. Likewise I can understand, being someone who lives and functions in the real world, how from time to time certain employees of a giant corporation may perpetrate illegal acts without the founder and chief executive of that company becoming immediately aware of the malfeasance. He took responsibility like a man and left the company, and that is good enough for me.

Mr. Norman's and the bankrupt Village Voice Media's sustained attacks against the governor would probably carry slightly [maybe] more weight if they could table their rabid liberal fanaticism long enough to take a stab at balanced reporting. Don't like cancelling the pill mill database? Fine. But, unless I missed detailed coverage of the newly-established task force and the governor's other comments on the problem amidst the ads for fetish parties and hookers, completely ignoring the governor's responses are a great example of why this venue is mainly suitable only for finding live rock, giant margaritas, and affordable blowjobs.

I don't know Ms. Robison, she may be the worst person in the world [I know George Platt and he nearly qualifies] or the finest--Rick Scott is the elected governor and it is his decision. The difference here is, if Alex Sink had won she would have filled the same position with a banker or a banking lawyer who would probably look just like Ms. Robison on paper--and Bob Norman would say nothing.

I found the site as most people, after Scott's quick trip to Morocco. Since the "sentencing", my interest has waned considerably, and I'm guessing I'm not the only one in that regard. I do check in occassionally to scan the other posts, and have no doubt that Bob's pet internet hamsters will rush to remind everyone that the local politicians Bob has been after are all democrats--thus proving he's not horribly biased. Unfortunately for those furry little burdens on their elderly parent's resources, necessity doesn't negate bias--just as a klan member can't claim not to be racist because he rides a bus regularly driven by the same Jewish man, Bob can't claim not to be biased simply because the only local politicians to investigate are all democrats.

Talk amongst yourselves...

Windsome Lad
Windsome Lad

The governor is bad enough to make Rick Sanchez look good.

unowho
unowho

Rick Sanchez who cant find Hawaii was the one taken to the woodshed.......Get over it peeps as the great Dead Norm said if Rick Scott did something illegal he would be in prison .........In a few years from now when the new Guv has proven himself HCA will be forgotten....One thing now for sure atleast he could throw the home opener pitch a hell of a lot better than Charlie Crist and keep a smile among all the boooo ya!!!

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

I've never heard of Linda Robison , which in itself must be good news. I do know however that even if Rick Scott had appointed Mother Teresa then Pulp would have been all over him.

getallthefacts
getallthefacts

He has already proven to be the absolute worse thing for this State. Where are the JOBS he stated he would create? We can't wait for two years. He and the Lt. Governor need to leave now!

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

All it takes to dismantle civil society is the quick scrawl of a pen, especially when other branches of government are set up to be complicit.

To reassemble the infrastructure, protections and vestments that make for civil society takes years of vision, rhetoric and activism.

Why, unowho, do you advocate dismantling what precious little this backward state currently has?

unowho
unowho

possibull... oops ....typo ...honest!!!

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

(Rick) Scott is as guilty as Scott (Rothstein). Why do you choose to defend him?

Guest
Guest

Like they say unowho, I have a bridge for sale....

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I'll do my best, but I still have to catch a quick workout and meet someone before the game starts.

The good news is that I should have a good urine sample by halftime.

Guest
Guest

Sorry Dead Norm, I disagree with you on this one.

Billy_Delions
Billy_Delions

Your logic would suggest that someone like Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling were also unaware that the profits of Enron were being exagerated to boost the stock value of their fardulent company. We all know that is bullshit!!!! A jury of peers of Mr. Lay and Mr. Skilling agreed with me and found both of them guilty for their crimes. You can't have it both ways, you can't be the smartest guys in the room and NOT know what is going on!!!!!!!!! And FYI, Ken Lay did not die of a heart attack, insurance doesn't fund the beneficiaries in the case of a suicide.

Guest
Guest

Crook Scott's company was built on fraud and deceit. He was fully aware and as the Crook he is wormed out of any criminal charges.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

A bunch of gobbedlygook written by an apologist for a fraudster.

Whistleblowers who worked at HCA gave public statements to the effect that Scott had to have known what was happening with the fraudulent billing. He was very much a micromanager and employees were under tremendous pressure to bill to the max.

If that is your definition of success, within the context of providing healthcare to our children, fathers, mothers, wives, sisters, etc:, well then you are a shallow, unsavory and horrible excuse for a human being.

Tom
Tom

Couldn't agree more. the blog has really gone down hill. especially with the douchebags virgil and mc and christy

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

From the Wikipedia entry on Rick Scott:

On March 19, 1997, investigators from the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Health and Human Services served search warrants at Columbia/HCA facilities in El Paso and on dozens of doctors with suspected ties to the company.[19]

Following the raids, the Columbia/HCA board of directors forced Scott to resign as Chairman and CEO.[20] He was paid $9.88 million in a settlement. He also left owning 10 million shares of stock worth over $350 million.[21][22][23]

In 1999, Columbia/HCA changed its name back to HCA, Inc.

In settlements reached in 2000 and 2002, Columbia/HCA plead guilty to 14 felonies and agreed to a $600+ million fine in the largest fraud settlement in US history. Columbia/HCA admitted systematically overcharging the government by claiming marketing costs as reimbursable, by striking illegal deals with home care agencies, and by filing false data about use of hospital space. They also admitted fraudulently billing Medicare and other health programs by inflating the seriousness of diagnoses and to giving doctors partnerships in company hospitals as a kickback for the doctors referring patients to HCA. They filed false cost reports, fraudulently billing Medicare for home health care workers, and paid kickbacks in the sale of home health agencies and to doctors to refer patients. In addition, they gave doctors "loans" never intending to be repaid, free rent, free office furniture, and free drugs from hospital pharmacies.[3][4][5][6][7]

In late 2002, HCA agreed to pay the U.S. government $631 million, plus interest, and pay $17.5 million to state Medicaid agencies, in addition to $250 million paid up to that point to resolve outstanding Medicare expense claims.[24] In all, civil law suits cost HCA more than $2 billion to settle, by far the largest fraud settlement in US history.

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Why do you think the Board of Directors asked Scott to Resign?

Columbia/HCA plead guilty to 14 FELONIES. Do you think that's all they committed, or just the ones where they were caught?

Do you really think that someone can build a company so rapidly and successfully without knowing what is going on inside his company? Without knowing that dozens of FELONIES are being perpetuated?

Rick Scott is an unscrupulous billionaire. The simplest explanation for why he is not behind bars is that someone was paid off.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

"He took responsibility like a man and left the company, and that is good enough for me."

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This video is good enough for me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

StonedCEO
StonedCEO

Are there going to be awards? Because I'm pretty sure my sample will be a strong contender.

getallthefacts
getallthefacts

Rick Scott has already proven himself - to be a cheat, thief and all around horrible egg.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

If Rick Scott did something illegal, he would be in prison?

Hey Canuck: Ever hear of O.J. ?

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Nucky, that is a terrible thing to say. Mother Teresa would have spit in Rick Scott's eye should he have even dared to mention her name.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Does Mother Theresa understand the Medicare codes and how to manipulate them?

StonedCEO
StonedCEO

Pulp would be all over him with good reason. It's just plain foolish to appoint dead chicks to state commissions.

unowho
unowho

Its quite obvious Rick Scott dodged a bullet and I dont believe he would ever take that risk again.There is a good possibility that he wants to make up for his past and bring this State back to its best days....Im an optimist and a determined corruption fighter(ie HPD Tom Sikes) give him a chance ,thats all i am saying you will be surprised!!!

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

That "Shame on You was for unowho, not atg. Sorry.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

All Sensei Masters have great discipline. Wax on. Whacks off.

Guest
Guest

I couldn't disagree more. Perhaps it's time to go to the Exteme Right Wing site where you might find like minded Puppet Putzes!

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Great comment, Tom. Where can I go to enroll in your fan club?

EconomicProf
EconomicProf

Rick sanchez is gone.Rick Scott is here.enough said you commie bastard.

unowho
unowho

Virgie buddy Karma never sleeps,where is OJ now???

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Patti, that is a terrible thing to say. Mother Teresa would have never spit in anyone's eye, no matter how evil they were.

Guest
Guest

That was understood Patti Lynn. No apologies necessary and I agree.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Commie bastard? Sir, did you overlook the stars and stripes on my phuqtard helmet?

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Yes, enough said. Please say no more. Seriously.

P.S. The great Paul Krugman is an economics professor. You, sir, are no economics professor.

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