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Record Group Number: 000350
Series/Collection Number: .S 1646
Creator: Florida. Comptroller's Office.
Title, Dates: News report and interview video and audio tapes documenting the work of the Comptroller's Office, 1970-1992.
Amount: 2.00 cubic ft.
Medium Included: videotapes 3/4" and 1"
audiotapes cassette
Terms Governing Use:
Biographical/Historical:     The post of Comptroller was created in the 1838 Constitution and implemented with statehood in 1845. The Comptroller succeeded the Territorial Auditor of Public Accounts and assumed the duties as the state's chief fiscal officer. The Comptroller's Office examined, audited, and settled all accounts, claims, and demands against the state. It supervised banking institutions, sale of securities, and collection of revenue and taxes. The Comptroller wrote warrants for payment against the state treasury and compiled annual reports for the Governor and Legislature on state expenditures and trust funds.

    The duties of the Comptroller's Office were transferred to the Dept. of Banking and Finance in 1969 (Ch. 69-106, Laws), with the Comptroller serving as the head of the department. On January 7, 2003, the Office of Comptroller was combined with the Office of Treasurer to form a Chief Financial Officer position heading the newly formed Department of Financial Services. This consolidated the two offices and the departments of Banking and Finance and Insurance.

Summary:     This series consists of video tapes and audio tapes documenting the interest of the Comptroller's Office in a number of fraud and crime cases in Florida through news reports, interviews and public service announcements.  Contained on these recordings are copies of televised and radio news reports, interviews with Comptroller Gerald Lewis regarding different types of fraud and crime in Florida, interviews with other officials, copies of a story from the the news program "60 Minutes," a documentary on "Boiler Rooms," and discussion on several legislative issues.
    Specifically, these recordings concern securities fraud, "boiler room" or telephone scams, the savings and loan crisis and BCCI (Bank of Commerce and Credit International), abandoned property, insider trading, loan frauds, a Florida Highway Patrol mismanagement investigation, investigation of the mismanagement of funds in the Jacksonville Comptroller's Office by Pat Ashworth, and the SH Oil problem.  Most of the video material is in 3/4 inch VHS format, although there are a number of 1 inch tapes.  The audio tapes are cassettes.
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Associated Materials: Series S1731, Travel and Speech Records, contains related records of Comptroller Lewis.
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General Note: A significant amount of the material which was accessioned by the Archives was found to be non-archival material and was weeded.
Electronic Records Access:
Subject Access Fields: Consumer protection Florida
Securities industry Florida
Securities fraud Florida
Telephone selling Corrupt practices Florida
Telemarketing Corrupt practices
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Added Entries Lewis, Gerald, 1934-