Tell me how we should trust the government. Tell me how the powers that be honor us all.
I am reminded of the Tom Lehrer song about how we love our leaders and elect them again and again, and what did you learn in school today little boy of mine?
Thomas Raffanello, a former global security director with Stanford Financial Group and once South Florida’s top anti-drug agent, was indicted Thursday in the collapse of the financial company described by the Securities and Exchange Commission as an $8 billion fraud.
Raffanello, 61, of Coral Gables was charged with obstructing an SEC case, destroying records in a federal investigation and conspiracy for his work at Stanford’s Fort Lauderdale office.
Raffanello was in the law enforcement spotlight after he was appointed special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Miami in 2002.
He announced major drug indictments and was part of the agency’s transition to a post-Sept. 11 enforcement world. He locked up those bad pot growers. He jailed those bad guys. He was the head of the DEA, so honored, so distinguished, he became the point man. And now today, years later, everything points to him.
The full story is in the Daily Business Review on Friday, September 11.