Jimmy Patronis’ lawyer suggests criminal charges against fired OFR head

The top in-house lawyer to state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis suggested that criminal charges could be filed against now-fired financial regulator Ronald Rubin.

In a Thursday morning email, Peter Penrod  – general counsel for Patronis’ Department of Financial Services (DFS) – advised the CFO about a request by Rubin for whistleblower status under state law.

Other emails, produced as part of a public records request, show that Rubin still had not turned in his state-issued computer and cell phone as of Thursday. He had been on the job for only five months.

Rubin, former head of the state’s Office of Financial Regulation (OFR), was terminated last month in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate comments in the workplace.

Before that, Rubin had applied for whistleblower status, claiming he was being retaliated against by CFO Patronis for not hiring the friend of a favored lobbyist.

Penrod’s email is redacted but a person inside the department who is not authorized to speak with news media confirmed the subject is Rubin. A request for comment was sent Friday evening to his attorney, Michael Tein of Miami.

Penrod discussed an “complaint assessment” by OFR Inspector

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