Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
This week, the national mortgage settlement monitor released the final report on the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers’ self-reported homeowner relief under the national mortgage settlement. According to the report, more than 120,000 Floridians have received more than $9.22 billion in relief under the settlement, with an average of $77,000 in relief per borrower. The banks are reporting that they have exceeded our expectations for relief provided to Floridians by more than $800 million. Florida’s portion of the homeowner relief accounts for 18 percent of the total national relief and is second only to California.
This relief is in addition to the approximately $107 million in direct payments that have been made to approximately 73,000 Floridians who lost their homes to foreclosure and received a check for $1,480. The State also received a payment of $334 million in penalties and to fund programs that will assist Floridians’ recovery from the housing crisis.
The monitor plans to submit another report detailing the status of the banks' compliance with the settlement's servicing standards in November or December. In the meantime, my office will continue its ongoing efforts to address specific borrower complaints we receive in order to ensure that they are resolved appropriately under the settlement.
I am pleased that Florida’s distressed homeowners are receiving the relief they deserve. I will remain diligent in my efforts to ensure compliance with the settlement and to verify that the banks have fulfilled their obligations to our citizens.
Miami-Dade Pharmacy Owner Arrested for Nearly $600,000 in Medicaid Fraud
An investigation by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit uncovering nearly $600,000 of Medicaid fraud concluded with the arrest of Coralia Perez. According to the investigation, Perez, owner of Patient’s Pharmacy & Infusion in Hialeah, submitted fraudulent invoices to the Agency for Health Care Administration to make it appear that the pharmacy had dispensed the correct amount of medications for which they had billed the Medicaid program. More
Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron and South Florida leaders welcomed the Florida Cabinet at pre-meeting gathering. In the photo, Attorney General Bondi is joined by St. Thomas University President Monsignor Franklyn Casale, Miami Beach businessman Stanley Tate, Israeli Consul General to Florida and Puerto Rico Chaim Shacham.
Resolution Honoring Miami Dade College
At Tuesday’s Governor and Cabinet meeting in Miami, Attorney General Bondi sponsored a resolution honoring Miami Dade College. Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo Padron and Miami Dade College trustees Jose Fuentes, Marili Cancio, and Marielena Villamil accepted the resolution on behalf of the college.
Attorney General Bondi Honors Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Felecia Andrews
Attorney General Bondi joined the Governor and other Cabinet members in honoring Trooper Felecia Andrews at Tuesday’s Governor and Cabinet meeting. Trooper Andrews' patrol car was hit by another car while she making a routine traffic stop. Trooper Andrews was in her car at the time of collision.
Also on Tuesday, Attorney General Bondi joined Miami Beach businessman and the father of Florida's Prepaid College program, Stanley Tate in honoring Miami-Dade teachers with Shine Awards.
Attorney General Bondi and Commissioner Putnam joined PortMiami Director Bill Johnson, and Miami-Dade Commission Vice-Chairman Lynda Bell for a tour of the Port and the new tunnel.
Monroe County Legal Community
On Wednesday, Attorney General Bondi met with members of Monroe County’s legal community. The meeting was hosted by the Monroe County Bar Association President, Tim Koenig.
Monroe County Law Enforcement Luncheon
On Wednesday, Attorney General Bondi spoke at the Monroe County Law Enforcement's Quarterly Luncheon. The audience consisted of members of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies of Monroe County. Also pictured is Attorney General Bondi with Rear Admiral John Korn, Commander, United States Coast Guard Seventh District and Rear Admiral Steve Mehling, Commander, Joint Interagency Task Force South.