Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
This week, my thoughts and prayers are with those who are suffering the loss of loved ones. On Wednesday, I attended Lincoln Gabriel Diaz-Balart’s memorial service in Miami. It was a touching ceremony that celebrated this young man’s life, and I pray for his family during this time of grief.
I also pray for the victims of the devastating tornado that ripped through Oklahoma, claiming dozens of lives and injuring more than 200. Many people lost family and friends, as well as their homes. My heart is with them.
As we begin Memorial Day weekend, I ask that you join me in reflecting on the great sacrifices that our military members—both past and present—have made for our country. Let us remember those who gave their lives for our freedom and be eternally grateful for their service. As I join my family and friends to enjoy the weekend, we will be celebrating my Uncle Raymond’s memory. He fought in World War II and died in the Battle of Normandy.
Attorney General Pam Bondi and Other Attorneys General Urge Urban Outfitters to End “Prescription Line”
Attorney General Pam Bondi and other attorneys general have called on Urban Outfitters to end its “Prescription Line” of glasses, drink holders, coasters and other items intended to look similar to prescription drug labels and pads.
"Profiting from a ‘prescription line’ that is contrary to Florida's efforts to combat prescription drug overdoses and drinking is unacceptable. We are calling on Urban Outfitters to forgo a few sales and help us save a lot of lives." More
Attorney General Bondi Announces that More Than 111,000 Floridians Received Nearly $9 Billion in Relief Under National Mortgage Settlement According to Latest Interim Report
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that Floridians have received nearly $9 billion in relief under the national mortgage settlement, as reported by the five largest mortgage servicing banks that are parties to the settlement. According to the latest Settlement Monitor’s report released today, more than 111,000 Floridians have received more than $8.6 billion in relief, with an additional $315 million in principal reduction, in the form of loan modifications, underway. The report that Joseph A. Smith, Jr., Monitor of the National Mortgage Settlement, released today outlines the consumer relief activities the five banks have reportedly conducted since March 1, 2012. The numbers reported by the banks must be confirmed by the Monitor in an independent audit. More
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Leon County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Two for Neglect of an Elderly Adult
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that her Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, has arrested a Gadsden County resident and a Leon County resident on charges of neglect and failure to report neglect of a disabled, elderly adult. Staresa Smith allegedly neglected an elderly, disabled resident under her care at the McCauley Cluster, an Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled in Tallahassee. According to the investigation, Smith failed to provide proper supervision and care during the resident’s bath, which resulted in the victim fracturing her hip. Lyasia Gilliam allegedly witnessed the incident and neither assisted the victim nor reported the incident.
Smith is charged with one count of Neglect of an Elderly Adult, a second degree felony. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Gilliam is charged with one count of Neglect of an Elderly Adult, a third degree felony, and one count of Failure to Report Neglect, a second degree misdemeanor. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and a $5,500 fine. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida.
On Saturday, Attorney General Bondi served as the Commencement Speaker for her alma mater, Stetson University College of Law. Pictured left to right: Stetson Law School Dean Chris Pietruszkiewicz, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Stetson University President Dr. Wendy Libby.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Bondi attended the Latin Chambers of Commerce 34th Annual Hemispheric Congress. Pictured: Attorney General Pam Bondi and Patty Arias, Managing Director of CAMACOL.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Bondi appeared on Radio Mambi with host Humberto Cortina. Cortina is a former state representative from Miami. Pictured left to right: Pedro Roig, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Humberto Cortina.