Peter King Appointed Co-Chair Of OFR Commissioner’s Advisory Council To Help Combat Investment Fraud

3/2/2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) announced the creation of the Commissioner’s Advisory Council (Council) to significantly enhance the OFR’s ability to discover fraud early and to take action.

“This Council will be instrumental in reaching our goal of building trust through vigilant enforcement action by serving as our eyes and ears throughout the state,” said former OFR Commissioner Tom Grady, who initiated the Counsel. “We are very lucky to have these men and women who will volunteer their time, resources and expertise to help put bad guys behind bars and help good guys succeed.”

The Council’s chairmen are Peter King and Scott Link. King’s practice focuses on commercial and complex litigation, and he is extensively involved in litigation, arbitration, and regulatory actions involving fraud and securities violations. He is a founding member of Wiand Guerra King P.L., based in Tampa and has been practicing in Florida for seventeen years.

“The Commissioner’s vision for early detection of investment fraud in Florida will make our State safer for investors and create a better business climate for the industry. It is a win for both investors and the industry,” King said. “I am very pleased to be part of this effort.”

Link has practiced complex business litigation, securities litigation and arbitration, class action lawsuits and professional malpractice for more than twenty five years. He is a founding partner of Ackerman, Link & Sartory in West Palm Beach. Both Link and King have been listed among The Best Lawyers in America and recognized in Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite.

“This advisory council is long overdue,” said Link. “It is exciting to see both plaintiffs’ lawyers and industry lawyers working hand in hand with regulators to identify and stamp out Ponzi schemes and fraud in Florida.”

Council members include Michael Alford, Wes Holston, Brian Elias, David Weintraub, Drew Clayton, David McGee, Joseph Coates, Geddes Anderson, Teresa Rooney, Kerry Zinn, Steve Greenbaum and Rick Martens.

Consumers: help the OFR fight fraud by verifying that the products and people you are dealing with are properly credentialed and by filing a complaint with the OFR if you have been victimized. Verify a license by logging onto the OFR website; File a complaint online or call the Consumer Helpline at 1-800-848-3792.