Sen. Steve Pierce defended Buz Mills over recently publicized news that a Florida judge ruled that Mills defrauded a business partner during the 1997 sale of his telecom company, OPM-USA, Inc. “I think everyone who’s ever been in business has been in conflict with someone,” said Pierce, who is backing Mills’ run for governor. “What he has told me is it was a disagreement between two partners. I know what the courts and a judge said, and what it looks like, but there was an agreement to settle everything after five years. He just wanted to get it behind him.”
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