On July 1st new laws went into effect to combat prescription drug abuse in Florida. This week, I joined Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti and South Florida's Regional Drug Enforcement Strike Force as they quarantined prescription drugs from physicians no longer authorized to dispense certain controlled substances. The operation was a success with more than 105,000 prescription pain pills surrendered at 24 locations throughout the state. With continued efforts such as the operations this week, Florida will no longer be known as the pill mill capital of the United States.
From fighting Florida's pill mills to patrolling our neighborhoods, Florida's law enforcement community plays a vital role in preserving the safety of the citizens of this state. Sadly, Florida lost an exceptional law enforcement member Sunday morning. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Hernando County Sheriff's Deputy John Mecklenburg, who lost his life protecting the citizens of his community. After spending time with his wife, Penny, I know that she is an amazing person, like her husband. His tragic death is yet another sad reminder of the sacrifices that the law enforcement community throughout our state makes on our behalf every single day.
Attorney General Bondi Announces $92 Million Multistate Settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co. over Anti-competitive Scheme
Attorney General Bondi announced that Florida, along with 24 other Attorneys General, has reached a $92 million settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co. for its alleged role in a nationwide scheme to rig bids and engage in other anti-competitive, fraudulent conduct relating to municipal bond derivatives. Florida’s portion of the settlement is undetermined at this time. The victims of the alleged conduct included state agencies, local governments and not-for-profit entities. The multistate settlement is part of a coordinated settlement JPMorgan Chase & Co. is entering into simultaneously with the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. This is the third settlement of its kind. The Attorney General’s Office reached similar settlements with the Bank of America in December 2010 and the Union Bank of Switzerland in April 2011.