WASHINGTON - An administrative law judge has recommended throwing out Office of Thrift Supervision charges against a prominent industry consultant who served on the board of directors of a Florida thrift.

Arthur L. Shipe, the administrative law judge, said in a July 13 opinion that Donald M. Kaplan, by serving as a director of both American Savings of Florida and its parent company, the Enstar Group Inc., had put himself in "a troubling situation."

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