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 TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- State Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner Tom Gallagher and Attorney General Bob Butterworth today announced that they have named Tom Tew, a Miami attorney, to direct the state's inquiry into fraudulent sales practices by Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.
 "Tom Tew is an experienced investigator of corporate wrongdoing and has demonstrated in previous work for the Florida insurance department his abilities to uncover complicated schemes that have resulted in harm to consumers," Gallagher said. "We have seen him work very effectively with other agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Senate staff, the justice department and the FBI, and other insurance regulators in the United States. We have confidence that Tew will be an asset in our efforts to get to the bottom of this matter."
 In 1991, Tew was hired by the deputy receiver of the failed Guarantee Security Life Insurance Co., of Jacksonville, Fla., as special counsel. In that capacity, he explored wrongdoing by the former officers and directors of the insolvent company and activities of law firms, accountants and brokerage firms accused of aiding officials of the company in carrying out fraudulent activities. In 1989, Tew was hired by the deputy receiver of the failed HMO, International Medical Centers, to sue Touche-Ross Inc., accountants accused of negligence in their audit of IMC.
 A copy of Tew's resume follows.
 Thomas Tew, 53, is a graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A., 1962) and the University of Miami School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1966), where he was editor-in-chief of the University of Miami Law Review. Tew, a native Floridian, served on the Third District Court of Appeal Nominating Committee. He is senior partner of Tew & Garcia-Pedrosa, based in Miami.
 Tew has had extensive experience in state and federal securities laws, having litigated in state and federal courts throughout the southeastern United States, and most recently with an emphasis on representing federal bankruptcy court trustees and state receivers in failed insurance companies. He has served as counsel to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Florida Division of Securities and the Florida Department of Insurance. He currently serves as bankruptcy trustee and SEC receiver of ESM Government Securities Inc., and its affiliates, a $315 million securities fraud where, to date, creditors have been returned in excess of 82 percent of their claims.
 In June 1993, Tew was appointed senior counsel to the SEC receiver and bankruptcy trustee for Premium Sales Corporation, a South Florida Ponzi scheme that defrauded approximately 1,800 investors out of over $300 million.
 In September 1993, Judge Pollack, District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, appointed Tew as one of four members of the executive committee for the Milken Presidential Life worldwide class action.
 Tew was a founder of the Southern Securities Institute where he has been a featured lecturer. For the past 20 years, he has lectured and published on securities and insurance practice and litigation with an emphasis on litigation arising from bankruptcy estates and receiverships. In February 1990, he was one of two non-government instructors at the Justice Department Securities and Commodities Fraud Training Program in Denver.
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