Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
Our prosecutions wouldn't be possible without the hard work of law enforcement officers. My Office of Statewide Prosecution works closely with law enforcement agencies to put criminals behind bars. This week, my Office of Statewide Prosecution announced that a Seminole County man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a drug trafficking operation that was responsible for distributing cocaine throughout Central Florida. Demonte Rashaud Brown pled guilty in March of this year to conspiring to traffic in cocaine and was prosecuted by my Office Statewide Prosecution. In addition to the lengthy prison sentence, the court ordered Brown to pay a $250,000 fine. We worked closely with the Volusia Bureau of Investigation on their investigative work on this case, and we appreciate their partnership. Our state is safer because we have put this cocaine dealer behind bars.
Law enforcement officers do so much to keep our communities safe. During the Governor and Cabinet meeting this week, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey released the 2013 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report showing that Florida’s crime volume has dropped 5.2 percent compared to the first six months of 2012.
Our hardworking, selfless law enforcement officers work every day to make Florida a safer place for residents and visitors. In 2012, Florida’s crime rate was at a 42-year low, and today’s semi-annual report indicates that our crime rate is continuing this downward trend. Let us always remember the sacrifices our law enforcement officers make to protect us and keep the law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty in our thoughts and prayers.
Attorney General Announces $17 Million Multistate Settlement with Google
Attorney General Bondi announced that her office, along with attorneys general from 36 other states and the District of Columbia, entered into a $17 million settlement with Google Inc. concerning its setting of cookies on certain Safari Internet browsers. Through its DoubleClick advertising platform, Google facilitates the transmission of third-party advertising cookies, small files set in Internet users’ Web browsers that allow advertisers to gather information about users’ Internet browsing. Apple’s Safari Web browser is designed to block third-party cookies as its default privacy setting, including cookies used by DoubleClick. The states alleged that from June 1, 2011, until February 15, 2012, Google circumvented Safari’s default privacy settings without consumers’ knowledge and consent, enabling advertisers to set third-party cookies on users’ browsers. According to the states, these acts contradicted Google’s assurances to consumers that Safari’s default privacy settings would block such third-party cookies. More
Attorney General Bondi Announces Clay County Resident Arrested for Abuse of an Elderly Person
Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tommy Junior Williams, 52, for the abuse of a disabled adult, a third-degree felony. An investigation revealed that Williams, while working as a caregiver at a group home for disabled adults, struck a resident. The victim was treated at a local hospital for his injuries. The group home subsequently terminated Williams.
If convicted, Williams faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. This case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Judicial Circuit.
Attorney General Bondi’s Office Arrests Lee County Man on Medicaid Fraud Charges
Attorney General Bondi announced that her office, along with the Lee County Sherriff’s Office, has arrested a Lee County man for Medicaid fraud. Paul Latham is charged with billing the Medicaid program for home support services he did not provide.
Latham is charged with one count of Medicaid Fraud, a third-degree felony. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison, $5,000 in fines, and be required to pay restitution to the state. The State Attorney’s Office for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit will prosecute the case.
Feeding Children Everywhere
Last Friday, while attending the Interconnect Cables’ (ICTC) expansion, Attorney General Bondi helped fill bags of food for Feeding Children Everywhere, a charity that mobilizes people to assemble healthy meals for hungry children. ICTC partnered with Feeding Children Everywhere to help with their mission. To learn more about the organization, visit: http://www.feedingchildreneverywhere.com/the-movement/our-mission/
Medal of Heroism Recipient Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy Douglas Duvall
On Tuesday, the Governor and Cabinet awarded Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy Douglas Duvall with the Medal of Heroism for his quick response in rescuing a man who was trapped underneath a concrete slab in a collapsing home. Duvall previously served in the United States Army, and he is a veteran of the Iraq War. Attorney General Bondi is pictured with Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy Douglas Duvall and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Major Clyde Eisenberg.
National Adoption Day
Governor Scott sponsored a resolution during Tuesday’s Governor and Cabinet meeting naming November 19th National Adoption Day.
2013 Troopers-of-the-Year, Sergeant Alvaro Feola and Trooper Robert Ivey
Attorney General Bondi and the Governor and Cabinet pose with the 2013 Troopers-of-the-Year, Sergeant Alvaro Feola and Trooper Robert Ivey. They were honored for saving the life of a motorist who was trapped in a burning vehicle.
Military Pantry Donation
For the past three years, Kangaroo Express (The Pantry Inc.) has held a fundraising campaign called, "Salute to Troops" to raise money for military families in need. The campaign runs nationally, and checks are presented to various military organizations throughout the United States. Florida's check is presented to the Department of Military Affairs, which then gives it to the Florida National Guard Foundation. Attorney General Bondi is pictured with the Governor and Cabinet, Major General Titshaw, and others.
Attorney General Bondi and the Tallahassee Citizen Services Department celebrated Thanksgiving early with a lunch on Tuesday.
2014-Model Tampa Bay International Auto Show
Today, Attorney General Bondi spoke to guests at the 2014-Model Tampa Bay International Auto Show. Florida’s automobile industry plays a vital role in Florida’s economy.