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Becker & Poliakoff

August 08, 2013 15:23 ET

Statement of Becker & Poliakoff's Managing Shareholder Gary Rosen Regarding Consultant Richard Candia

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwired - Aug 8, 2013) - Becker & Poliakoff today issued the following statement from Gary Rosen, Managing Shareholder, regarding Richard Candia, one of the lobbyists facing federal charges related to the public corruption arrests in Miami Dade County. Mr. Candia surrendered to authorities on August 7th.

"On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, we learned about the alleged bribery scheme involving lobbyist Richard Candia. Mr. Candia, who was hired by our firm in February, 2013, resigned effective immediately that day. We were shocked and dismayed, to say the least, to learn of the allegations stemming from Mr. Candia's activities that started in 2011, long before his employment at our firm.

"The firm categorically states that it had no knowledge or involvement in any of the alleged illegal activities. Mr. Candia acted alone. The Daily Business Review reported yesterday, August 7th, that according to statements made by U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer at his press conference on August 6th, 'Candia worked on his own in the alleged kickback scheme and acted without the firm's knowledge.'

"The alleged behavior by Mr. Candia is inconsistent with the reputation and core values of Becker & Poliakoff. Becker & Poliakoff has been a responsible corporate citizen for more than 40 years. During that time, we have represented thousands of clients, contributed to countless charities and given our time for the betterment of the community. We will continue to play that role. Our core values reflect our deep commitment to professionalism and integrity. That is who we are."

About Becker & Poliakoff

Becker & Poliakoff is a diverse commercial law firm with more than 155 attorneys, lobbyists and other professionals in 18 domestic and international offices. Celebrating its fortieth (40th) year of serving clients, the firm has eight primary areas of practice: Real Estate, Construction Law & Litigation, Community Association, Customs & International Trade, Business Litigation, Corporate & Securities, Government Law & Lobbying, and the Intellectual Property & Emerging Technologies practice. For more about the firm, visit: www.becker-poliakoff.com.

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