Trouble in Bondi-world: Asst. AG quits after missive to media

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An assistant attorney general who sent a long list of complaints to the media has resigned, the attorney general’s office said Thursday. Andrew Spark was an assistant attorney general in the Tampa office of the economic crimes unit, reports the News Service of Florida. On Monday of this week, he wrote a 16-page memo about what he saw as shortcomings in the office’s effort to go after fraud, and accused two fellow employees of trying to block his efforts to initiate investigations. He sent that memo to several media outlets, including The News Service of Florida. On Wednesday, he resigned. Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a statement released Thursday that she planned to place Spark on administrative leave and have her inspector general open an investigation into his memo because, she said, it publicly disseminated information on active investigations. “It is exceptionally troubling for the people of Florida that Spark’s memo disclosed information pertaining to active investigations into foreclosure-related businesses that could compromise those cases,” Bondi said. “This will not be tolerated.” Before the office could place Spark on leave, though, he quit. Bondi also noted that Spark, in his memo, “failed to include that he was the subject of an ongoing investigation for using the services of a business he was investigating,” Bondi said. In his memo, Spark referred to the case Bondi appears to be talking about, noting that he was investigating a health club chain of which he was a member. Spark declined to respond to an emailed request from the News Service to comment further.

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