Florida Department of Financial Services
2007 – 2011
Lt. Colonel/Division of Insurance Fraud
Police Legal Advisor
Manager, Major Case Squad
The Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) is a Florida state law enforcement agency with a staff of 196 including 150 sworn investigators, as well as three attorneys and support staff located in eight bureaus throughout the state. While working for DIF, Mark investigated a broad variety of insurance related crimes including agent fraud, mortgage fraud, PIP fraud, workers compensation premium fraud and health care fraud. In fiscal year 2009/10 the Division of Insurance Fraud received 12,820 referrals and made 1042 arrests. In addition to serving as police legal advisor, Mark headed up a special unit of detectives who investigated major cases assigned by the Chief Financial Officer or the DIF Director.
Florida Department of Health 2006 – 2007
Special Deputy General Counsel Personal Services Contract
Mark was asked to develop a special prosecutions unit to resolve a large backlog of pending investigations against licensed corporate and individual health care providers who violated department rules and regulations. His department’s efforts were recognized with a Florida Davis Productivity Team Award.
Florida Attorney General’s Office 1993 – 2003
Director, Florida Medicaid Fraud Control Unit 1994 – 2003
Assistant Attorney General
Attorney General Robert Butterworth asked Mark to develop and head the only agency in state government that is both a certified state police agency and a law firm. The Florida Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) became a nationally recognized leader in health care fraud enforcement, utilizing a civil enforcement strategy to complement arrest and criminal prosecution as a deterrent to health care fraud. Using civil remedies such as the False Claims Act, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit was able to recover over one billion dollars from corporate offenders. Mark directed a staff of 143, including 14 Assistant Attorney Generals and over 90 sworn criminal investigators that conducted thousands of criminal investigations, made over 1300 arrests and litigated hundreds of civil cases. Mark managed the successful settlement of multimillion dollar health care fraud cases, and helped develop global litigation strategies for the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units.
Florida Attorney General
Special Counsel 1993-1994
Mark investigated special cases assigned by the Attorney General involving consumer fraud and fraud against the government.
Broward County Sheriff’s Office, 1975 – 1993
Director, Department of Law Enforcement
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO), one of the largest in the country, is a full service law enforcement agency serving a county with a population of over 1.7 million. Beginning as a deputy in patrol, Mark went on to command virtually every major operational component of the Broward Sheriff’s Office. This included the patrol division, the criminal investigations division, and the special operations group which consisted of S.W.A.T, Aviation Unit, Marine Unit and Dive Team, Bomb Squad, Crime Scene and Crime Lab, and Mounted Patrol.
Mark also served as Accreditation Manager for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In that capacity Mark directed a broad revision of the department’s manual of policies and procedures, and managed a wide range of operational and administrative changes. These efforts resulted in BSO becoming the country’s 68th fully accredited law enforcement agency. When Mark retired, he was a lieutenant colonel, and Director of the Department of Law Enforcement.
Formerly a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police consulting team; Mark participated in management reviews of numerous law enforcement agencies throughout the country examining organization, operations and management practices.