Culture of Corruption: Fixing What is Wrong With SoFl Business and Political Leadership

Feb. 4, 2010

One need only turn on the television or read a newspaper to see that South Florida has become awash in political and business corruption. Why has this happened? What has enabled the unscrupulous to thrive here? What can we do to fix a broken system? Join the Tower Forum as it presents a panel of experts experienced in government and the investigation of corruption. The panel will discuss why corruption occurs and how to prevent it.


John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge (SAC), FBI Miami Division Prior to his current position, John Gillies was SAC of the FBI’s St. Louis Division. He worked in the Albany Division, where he investigated white collar crime and public corruption matters. From 1989 through 2009, Gillies investigated a wide variety of corruption cases from New York City to Honolulu.

Mike Satz, State Attorney, 17th Judicial Circuit First elected State Attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit in 1976, Mike Satz has responded to Broward’s diverse crime problems by instituting or expanding specialized prosecution units that deal with sexual battery and child abuse, elderly abuse and domestic violence, as well as public corruption.

Michael McAuliffe, State Attorney, Palm Beach County Michael McAuliffe was elected in 2008 as State Attorney for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. From 1997 to 1999, he was a Section Chief and Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He has successfully prosecuted cases of public corruption, healthcare fraud, drug offenses, corporate fraud, weapons offenses, money-laundering and identity theft.

Angelo Castillo, Vice Mayor, City of Pembroke Pines Angelo Castillo served in the Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani, Cuomo and Pataki administrations in New York. He was named director of U.S. HUD’s Florida State Office of Community Planning and Development and later Director of Human Services for Broward County. He serves as President and CEO of Broward House, Inc. and has been Vice Mayor since 2004.

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