This holiday season we are reminded of our blessings as we gather with family and friends. This is a time to celebrate our faith and cherish one another’s company. I wish all of you a wonderful and joyous holiday.
Pam Bondi
Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Bondi’s Office Announces Arrest of Assisted Living Operator for Grand Theft and Exploitation of an Elderly and Disabled Adult

Attorney General Pam announced on Thursday the arrest of Joyce Daughtrey for grand theft and exploitation of an elderly and disabled adult. The defendant is charged with stealing $9,500 by withholding the victim’s social security funds and his personal allowance.

Daughtrey is charged with one count of grand theft and one count of exploitation of an elderly or disabled adult, both third-degree felonies. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The case is being prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the 2nd Judicial Circuit.

Attorney General Bondi’s Office and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Man for Abusing Adult with Disabilities

Attorney General Pam Bondi announces that the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Alonzo Travis, Jr., an employee at Horizons of Okaloosa County, on charges that he abused an adult with disabilities.

Travis was charged with two counts of abuse of a disabled adult, a third-degree felony. If convicted, he could receive up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the First Judicial Circuit.

Attorney General Pam Bondi Issues Statement on Department of Justice’s Selection of Auditing Firm to Conduct Gulf Coast Claims Facility Independent Evaluation

“We must ensure that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility claims process is transparent and fair, and today’s selection of an auditing firm to conduct an independent evaluation of the process is a great step forward for the Floridians who have suffered financial damages resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

“On multiple occasions, I implored Mr. Feinberg to agree to an audit of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility claims process to determine whether the claims process has been conducted fairly and in accordance with the law. I applaud the Department of Justice for its efforts in making this evaluation a reality.

“On behalf of Floridians, we provided significant input to the Department of Justice on what issues to address in the evaluation, including: discrepancies in payments to similarly situated claimants; the documentation required, including demands for duplicate or unnecessary documentation; whether delays in processing interim claim payments forced otherwise unwilling claimants to accept ‘quick pay’ or final payments; the treatment of different industries in terms of claims payments; and any application of geographic proximity rules or other artificial barriers to payment of appropriate claims.

“My office will closely monitor the evaluation, and we will work to ensure that any deficiencies in the claims process are corrected.

Upholding the Constitution
U.S. Supreme Court Announces Oral Argument Dates in the States’ Challenge to the Federal Health Care Law

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday the dates for the oral argument in the States’ challenge to the federal health care law. Oral argument will begin Monday, March 26, and continue through Wednesday, March 28.

On Monday, March 26, the Court will hear one hour of oral argument on the jurisdictional issue of whether the federal Anti-Injunction Act bars challenges to the individual mandate. On Tuesday, March 27, the Court will hear two hours of oral argument limited to the issue of whether the individual mandate is constitutional. On Wednesday, March 28, the Court will hear 90 minutes of oral argument on the severability argument. Also on Wednesday, the Court will hear one hour of oral argument on the constitutionality of the law's substantial expansion of Medicaid.

Florida is leading the federal health care challenge along with 25 other states, the National Federation of Independent Business, and two individual plaintiffs.

Attorney General Pam Bondi Revises Ballot Summary for Religious Freedom Amendment

On Tuesday, Attorney General Pam Bondi submitted to the Department of State a revised ballot summary for Amendment 7, titled "Religious Freedom." The revised ballot summary adopts the wording proposed by Judge Terry Lewis in his Dec. 13, 2011, order finding the original ballot summary misleading and striking Amendment 7 from the ballot.
Events
Men of Vision Brotherhood Service Organization

On Tuesday, Attorney General Bondi spoke to the Men of Vision Brotherhood Service Organization. The organization is involved in community outreach and offers mentor programs to middle and high school boys.