Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
This week, I announced the arrests of two individuals in connection to a multimillion dollar drug diversion scheme. Drug diversion schemes like this one jeopardize the reliable distribution of prescription drugs in our state and throughout our country.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of my Office of Statewide Prosecution and the great investigative work of my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, those responsible for this contraband prescription drug trafficking scheme will be held accountable. My Office of Statewide Prosecution will be prosecuting both individuals on charges related to this illegal operation fueled by Medicaid fraud.
Since I took office, my task force targeting Medicaid-related drug diversion has seized more than $9 million in cash and property and removed more than $7 million of contraband pharmaceuticals from the streets. We will continue to work with our dedicated state and local law enforcement partners to shut down these illegal operations exploiting our Medicaid program.
Attorney General Bondi Announces Multistate Settlement with Drug Company
Attorney General Pam Bondi joined 42 other attorneys general to announce a $19.5 million settlement reached with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. The settlement relates to the drug company’s alleged improper marketing of Abilify, an atypical antipsychotic drug. A complaint filed in court along with the settlement agreement alleges that BMS engaged in unfair or deceptive trade practices when marketing Abilify.
“With this multistate settlement, consumers will be armed with better information about medication that could endanger their health,” said Attorney General Bondi. More.
Attorney General Bondi’s Statement on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Attorney General Pam Bondi released the following statement for the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor:
“Today we remember all the Americans who lost their lives 75 years ago at Pearl Harbor. I will never forget visiting the USS Arizona Memorial with my mother to honor all the civilians and military members who were attacked on this December morning that ultimately led to the American entry of World War II. My Uncle Raymond bravely fought on the beaches of Normandy during WWII, and then days later suffered an injury that claimed his life. I am beyond grateful for my Uncle Raymond’s sacrifice and all courageous military members who risk their lives to protect our great nation.”
Columbia County Resident Arrested for Medicaid Fraud and Grand Theft
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, announced the arrest of a Columbia County resident for Medicaid fraud and grand theft. Lorrene L. Morrow-Miller, a certified nursing assistant, 42, allegedly submitted daily service logs and timesheets to her previous employer, Kelly’s Helping Hands, Inc., for services not provided.
Kelly’s Helping Hands, a Levy County home and community-based services Medicaid provider, relied on the daily service logs Morrow-Miller submitted to submit claims of more than $1,900 to the Florida Medicaid program. Additionally, Morrow-Miller received more than $1,000 in salary from Kelly’s Helping Hands for the time the defendant claimed to provide services. More.
Attorney General Pam Bondi speaking with Sheriffs and Sheriff-elects from across the state about their vital leadership in protecting Florida communities.
Attorney General Bondi with Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Volusia County Sheriff-elect Mike Chitwood.
Attorney General Bondi meeting with Rabbi Schneur Z Oirechman in Tallahassee.
Attorney General Bondi joining Governor Scott and fellow Cabinet members for the annual Capitol Christmas Tree Presentation Ceremony. This year, the Ergle Christmas Tree Farm, located in Dade City, provided the state’s Capitol with Christmas trees. For more information about Florida’s Christmas tree industry, visit FlChristmasTrees.com.
Attorney General Bondi joined Governor Rick Scott and fellow Cabinet members, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, for a meeting of the Florida Cabinet in Tallahassee.
Attorney General Bondi, joined by Governor Scott and fellow Cabinet members, presenting a resolution recognizing Duane Ottenstroer for his service on the Florida Prepaid College Board and dedication to education in Florida.
Attorney General Bondi introducing Sally, at the Florida Cabinet meeting. For more information on Sally and other rescue animals in the Tallahassee area, visit TalGov.com/Animals.
Attorney General Bondi celebrating the holiday season with staff in Tallahassee. Attorney General Bondi thanks her entire office for their dedicated service to improving the lives of Floridians.
Attorney General Bondi celebrating the incredible legacy of Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober. Hundreds of dedicated employees and attorneys who have worked with Mark for years were present. The Hillsborough community has been blessed and State Attorney Mark Ober will be greatly missed.