One of Jose Fuentes previous partners was Frank Bernadino. In 2005 the twosome opened the WREN Group, whose clients often had a stake in issues involving water or development.
Gimleteye had this to say about Frank Bernadino:
Frank Bernadino, the Fanjuls’ chief environmental lobbyist, is an unsavory character. In 1993, Bernadino was convicted of one count of sexual assault on a minor under 12 years of age, one count of sexual assault on a minor under 18 years of age, and one count of a lewd act on a victim under 16 years of age. He was held on $30,000 bond and was on parole from 1993-2000. In 2001, the court ordered his name removed from the sex offender list.
But in 2010, the federal government indicted Bernadino on 36 counts stemming from allegations of mail fraud, bribery and money laundering. He faces a maximum penalty of 715 years in prison and $11.5 million in fines. The federal government intends to seek forfeiture of $143,500, an amount alleged to be traceable to proceeds of the offenses. (In 2011, U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan found that the government had not shown criminal intent on Bernardino's behalf and threw out the charges.)
As for Becker & Poliakoff, just to compound a string of shitty decisions 1.) their entire Government Relations Team is said to have quit in February 2.) Replaced GR team with Fuentes & Candia. Now, word is, Becker & Poliakoff just hired Matt Pinzur.
|From the Becker & Poliakoff website, Jose Fuentes left. You know that middle guy I would hope.|