Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
Since taking office, my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has aggressively investigated allegations of Medicaid fraud and patient abuse across Florida, and this week was no exception.
Three separate MFCU investigations culminated in the arrests of three defendants on charges ranging from Medicaid fraud to patient abuse and neglect. These arrests are the result of the tireless efforts of my MFCU investigators, who leave no stone unturned in the search for justice.
On Tuesday, MFCU investigators arrested a former Gadsden County hospital employee for allegedly abusing a disabled patient by kicking the restrained patient multiple times in the head. On Wednesday, my investigators arrested a former Miami nursing home employee for allegedly taking ATM cards belonging to elderly and disabled residents, and spending more than $13,000 without their knowledge or consent. Thursday, we announced the arrest of a Pinellas County man for allegedly defrauding Medicaid out of at least $39,000 by continuously billing Medicaid for a patient he was no longer serving. These are just a few examples of how my MFCU is fighting daily to protect Floridians.
Since I took office in 2011, we have obtained more than half a billion dollars in settlements and judgments. Thanks to great partnerships, not only in Florida, but across our nation, we will continue to fight Medicaid fraud and protect vulnerable populations from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Attorney General Bondi Shuts Down Multimillion Dollar Tech Support Scam
Attorney General Pam Bondi this week obtained a court order temporarily shutting down a tech support company that, along with its owners, allegedly deceived consumers out of more than $25 million. The scam operated as Client Care Experts, formerly known as First Choice Tech Support, LLC, and is owned by CEO Michael Seward and his partner, Kevin McCormick. The defendants ran the tech support scam out of a boiler room in Boynton Beach and employed more than 200 telemarketers at the location.
“Floridians rely on computers to communicate with family and friends, make purchases and conduct business, and when scammers target these devices they can scare and frustrate consumers, especially our seniors. That is why we are working diligently to identify and stop tech scams targeting Floridians,” said Attorney General Bondi. More.
Attorney General Bondi's Statement on the Passing of Monsignor Higgins
Attorney General Pam Bondi released the following statement regarding the passing of Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins:
“Today Florida lost a remarkable man whose decades of unwavering compassion for and service to the Tampa Bay Community and the nation will always be remembered. Monsignor Higgins’ commitment to building a strong community and helping those less fortunate has changed countless lives. I have known and loved Monsignor Higgins since I was a teenager, and my deepest condolences are with all who loved him and to the countless lives he’s touched.”
Today is National Dog Day, and Attorney General Pam Bondi is encouraging Floridians interested in bringing a new family member into the home, to consider adopting a rescue pet. At the beginning of each meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Attorney General Bondi introduces a rescue dog available for adoption. Since she began the tradition in 2012, all 50 dogs introduced have found a forever home. For more information on rescue pets, call or visit your local animal shelters.
The families below are just a few who have welcomed their newest additions with loving arms:
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Benard receiving The Florida Cross during the Statewide Fusion Center Executive Advisory Board meeting for his extraordinary meritorious military service. After 20 years of service with the Florida National Guard, LTC Benard retired and is now an Assistant Deputy Attorney General and Special Counsel for Attorney General Bondi’s Office. Attorney General Bondi congratulates LTC Benard, and thanks him for his continued service to Florida. More.
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