It's a new dawn. It's a new day and investors in Florida should be feeling good. Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed House Bill 483 into law on Monday, which adds protections for Securities investors today, designed to protect securities investors from Bernie Madoff type ponzi schemes.
The Bill's sponsor, State Representative Tom Grady (R- Naples) is quoted as saying the following in a recent interview:
“Our economy will grow stronger if investors have confidence in our financial markets. By increasing the tools available to the state to prosecute violators of our securities laws, we protect investors and foster needed trust in the system."
House Bill 483 gives additional power to the Office of Financial Regulation for prosecution of violations of the Florida Securities and Investor Protection Act. Whistleblowers will also be compensated with rewards for original information regarding money laundering investigations.
Governor Crist issued the following statement on House Bill 483:
“Investors play a critical role in the success of Florida’s economy, and this legislation helps ensure their hard-earned money is protected. I am committed to maintaining the integrity of our markets. Enhancing protection measures and oversight is the best way to crack down on fraudulent activity and increase consumer confidence.”
HB 483 - Investor Protections received overwhelming support from legislators. This Bill provides the following Investor Protections according to the House of Representatives site:
Expands jurisdiction of Office of Statewide Prosecution to investigate & prosecute specified additional offenses; revises various provisions of law relating to viatical settlements; exempts specified transactions in viatical settlement investments from specified registration requirements; revises registration requirements; excludes post judgment interest from payments from fund; expands class of persons related to or associated with applicant or registrant for which specified violations may result in adverse actions taken against registrations; requires Financial Services Commission to adopt rules relating to disciplinary guidelines & temporary disqualification; authorizes OFR to apply to court for specified orders; specifies additional investigation & enforcement authority of AG; authorizes AG to recover costs & attorney fees; authorizes OFR use of such information in prosecution actions; increases amount of specified administrative fines; authorizes OFR to bar specified persons from submitting applications or notifications for license or registration under specified circumstances; revises criteria for prohibited practices relating to commodities; authorizes FDLE to enter into agreements to pay rewards for specified information; expands subject matter jurisdiction of statewide grand jury to include specified additional offenses.If you have original information regarding Investor fraud you may want to contact an attorney to discuss your rights. If you want to learn more on Securities litigation and your rights as a whistleblower, visit the following pages on Securities Litigation and Stockbroker fraud.