Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
Florida is home to more than three million seniors. Many retire to Florida, bringing with them a lifetime of memories, wisdom and their life savings. Too often scammers target our seniors in an effort to steal their hard-earned retirement money. This is despicable.
Our seniors deserve honor and respect. They served in WWII and Korea, made the economy boom and played a major role in strengthening our state and nation. Anyone who preys on these great citizens in their golden years is lower than dirt, and my office will aggressively investigate anyone targeting them.
Just this week, working with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, we stopped a scam targeting Spanish-speaking seniors in grocery store parking lots. The scammers claimed to have a winning lottery ticket that they could not claim because of immigration status.
According to the investigation, once the defendants convinced a victim to help—they asked to borrow collateral in the form of cash or jewelry, in order to claim the prize. In total, the defendants are charged with stealing more than $150,000 in cash and $34,000 in jewelry from more than a dozen victims in their 60s to late 80s.
My Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute these defendants to the fullest extent of the law and I want to thank Sheriff Chad Chronister and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for fighting fraud and protecting seniors.
In closing, today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and as this case highlights our seniors, too often, are the victims of financial abuse. To fight fraud against seniors, I publish a guide full of consumer tips. Take a few minutes to review the guide, here, and please, share it with anyone you believe would benefit from the information inside.
Three Arrested for Conning Seniors Out of More Than $150,000
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of two individuals, and the arrest warrant for a third person, for involvement in an organized fraud scheme targeting mostly older Hispanic citizens. The two defendants in custody, Jhon Figueroa, 52, of Orlando, and Siomara Jimenez, 48, of Kissimmee, are charged with 35 combined charges. The third defendant, Marino Jimenez Quintana, 48, of Kissimmee, has an active warrant for arrest on 13 separate charges.
“These charges are despicable. That anyone would prey on seniors to steal their hard-earned money is outrageous. My Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute these defendants to the fullest extent of the law and I want to thank Sheriff Chad Chronister and the great men and women at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for their work to fight fraud and protect seniors,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. More.
Attorney General Bondi Announces Settlement with Citibank for Manipulating Interest Rate Benchmarks
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced a multistate settlement with Citibank. Based upon the business they conducted with Citibank, Florida governmental entities and nonprofits will receive approximately five million dollars from the settlement, which resolves allegations of unlawful conduct involving the U.S. Dollar LIBOR. The LIBOR is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a widespread impact on global markets and consumers financial transactions.
The investigation, conducted by a working group of 42 state attorneys general and spearheaded by a group of eight lead states that include Florida, revealed that Citibank manipulated LIBOR in several ways. First, Citibank employees improperly made internal requests for LIBOR submissions to benefit Citibank’s trading position. At times, Citibank’s USD LIBOR submitters also asked Citibank personnel in other units of the bank to avoid offering higher rates than Citibank’s USD LIBOR submissions. Lastly, Citibank, on occasion, expressed belief that other banks made USD LIBOR submissions inconsistent with the banks borrowing rates and contributed to inaccurate LIBORs. More.
Attorney General Bondi Recognizing the Anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Attack
Attorney General Pam Bondi recognizing the two-year anniversary of the deadly attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that claimed the lives of 49 people and injured 58 others:
“Two years ago today, Florida witnessed evil and bloodshed beyond belief. We continue to honor the memory of the 49 innocent lives taken, 58 injured and the bravery of the first responders who ran toward the carnage to help save lives. As we assisted the victims in the aftermath of the attack, I was in awe by the outpouring of support from people around the world who wanted to help Orlando heal. My office is still assisting victims of this tragedy, and we continue to stand united with Orlando and our entire LGBTQ community.”
This week, Attorney General Bondi joined Governor Rick Scott and fellow Cabinet members, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, for a meeting of the Florida Cabinet.
Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Cabinet recognizing Florida’s linemen for their commendable performance in the wake of a devastating hurricane season last year.
Attorney General Bondi and the Florida Cabinet honoring National Champions, the Florida State Softball team, alongside FSU President, John Thrasher and FSU Athletic Director, Stan Wilcox.
Attorney General Bondi and the Florida Cabinet recognizing Florida State Baseball legend, coach Mike Martin, the most winningest college baseball coach in Division One history.
Attorney General Bondi showcasing the talented Marshawn “Kid Balla” Bean, a young rapper who advocates living a crime and drug free life.
Attorney General Bondi introducing Zeus at the Florida Cabinet meeting. For more information on Zeus and other rescue animals in the Tallahassee area, visit TalGov.com/Animals.
Attorney General Bondi with her good friend, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister after they announced a major arrest.
Attorney General Bondi wishing the United States Army a 243rd Happy Birthday.
Attorney General Bondi honored our beautiful American Flag, on Flag Day.