Ten years ago this Sunday, our country was devastated by the most horrific terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in our history. We lost nearly 3,000 innocent people at the hands of Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. On that day, it felt as though time had stopped. I was in a meeting with former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Jim Sewell. He and I now speak every September 11th and remember the victims, the brave first responders, those who came to the aid of those in need, and the day we will never forget.

In the aftermath of September 11th, we did what Americans have always done to overcome adversity—we came together. We supported each other through the mourning process and helped each other heal. Our spirit can never be defeated, and our military is committed to protecting us. This May, we celebrated that Navy SEAL Team Six took down Osama bin Laden, the leader behind this violent group.

On Sunday, we will remember and pray for those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and the members of our Armed Forces who have died defending our country. Let's also take the time to thank our military servicemen and women for what they do to protect our freedom.
Pam Bondi
Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office Arrests Owner of Hialeah Therapy Center for Defrauding Medicaid Out of More Than $1.1 Million

On Thursday, Attorney General Bondi announced that a Miami-Dade county resident is in custody after being charged with defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $1.1 million by filing fraudulent claims. Ruth Reveron, 49, of Miami Lakes, was arrested this week on a felony warrant by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Reveron is charged with Medicaid fraud and grand theft, both first-degree felonies. If convicted, she faces up to 60 years in prison and more than $5 million in fines. The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.

Attorney General Bondi’s Office Arrests Lee County Woman for Abusing Adults with Disabilities

Attorney General Bondi announced that a Lee County woman was arrested on Wednesday by deputies from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office pursuant to two separate warrants. Yakisha Deshonda Shird, 32, of Fort Myers, was taken into custody on two felony warrants each for allegedly abusing adults with disabilities.

An investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Patient Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (PANE) Team discovered that in May 2011, Shird allegedly struck two adults with disabilities who were entrusted to her care.

Shird is being charged with two counts of Abuse of a Disabled Adult, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Shird faces up to five years imprisonment and $5,000 in fines for each count.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Bans “Bath Salts”

This week, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration banned the drug called “bath salts.” In January, Attorney General Bondi signed an emergency order to ban this drug in Florida, a ban the Legislature then made permanent.
Attorney General Bondi Meets with Former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese III

This week, Attorney General Bondi had the honor of meeting with Mr. Ed Meese III, the 75th Attorney General of the United States. Meese served under President Ronald Reagan from 1985-1988. Attorney General Bondi also had the opportunity to meet with current U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. During this trip, Attorney General Bondi discussed pill mills, the oil spill claims process, and the foreclosure crisis with our federal partners at the Department of Justice.

Attorney General Bondi Spoke to the Tampa Bay Regional Domestic Security Task Force

On Wednesday, Attorney General Bondi spoke to members of the Tampa Bay Regional Domestic Security Task Force. The task force was created after the September 11th attacks, and it is charged with responding to any terrorist incident that may occur within our state. Attorney General Bondi spoke about the importance of local, state, and federal agencies working together to protect Floridians and thanked them for their dedication to the safety and well-being of the citizens of this state.