On Tuesday, we sued a used car dealership in Jacksonville for alleged violations of Florida's consumer protection law. The defendants, Beach Boulevard Automotive, Inc., Beach Boulevard Auto Finance, Inc., John King, Sr., and Barbara King, are accused of unfair and deceptive business practices. The lawsuit seeks restitution for harmed consumers, civil penalties of up to $15,000 per violation, attorneys fees and costs, and injunctive relief.
According to some complaints, this business tracked consumers down using GPS devices and then repossessed vehicles even though consumers were current on payments. Other complaints against the company include posting false reviews on the Internet, keeping consumers' deposits without adequate disclosure, and selling motor vehicle retail installment contracts without a license.
Nearly 80 consumers filed complaints with our office. My priority in this case is to return money to harmed consumers through restitution and to halt any fraudulent business practices.
Attorney General Bondi’s Office Announces the Arrest of Hernando County Woman for Operating Assisted Living Facility without a License
Attorney General Bondi announced that a Hernando County woman has been taken into custody on charges that she was operating an assisted living facility without a license. Agnes Szabo Valeanu was arrested Thursday by law enforcement officers with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. Valeanu has been charged with one count of operating an assisted living facility without a license, a third-degree felony. If convicted, she could receive up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the Fifth Judicial Circuit.
Attorney General Bondi’s Office Announces the Arrest of a Man Involved in a South Florida Theft Ring
Attorney General Bondi announced that the sixth and final defendant in a South Florida theft ring case is now in custody. Freddy Rodriguez was a member of a shoplifting ring that stole items from multiple stores in South Florida. The shoplifted items were then sold by other members of the ring at area flea markets and on eBay. Rodriguez, who has been a fugitive since January, was arrested on a warrant from the Florida Attorney General’s Office on Sept. 20 in Sandusky, Ohio. Rodriguez was booked into the Broward County Jail on Oct. 10.
Attorney General Bondi Speaks at Stroock Forum in Miami
On Wednesday, Attorney General Bondi, along with former New York Attorney General Bob Abrams, spoke to legal professionals at the Stroock forum in Miami. Attorney General Bondi spoke about the status of the health care lawsuit, Florida’s crack down on pill mills, and her up-coming legislative priorities including timeshare resale fraud and babies born addicted to prescription drugs.