Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
President-designate Don Gaetz, Speaker-designate Will Weatherford and I announced our support for a plan for allocating the remaining $300 million that my office recovered for Floridians in the national mortgage settlement. The plan obtains much-needed assistance for homeowners and ensures that the settlement funds are spent with the transparency, accountability and flexibility that comes from the legislative process. These settlement funds are in addition to the approximately $7.5 billion in expected relief that the national mortgage settlement provides directly to Florida homeowners.
I am grateful to President-designate Gaetz and Speaker-designate Weatherford for working with me to implement the mortgage settlement in a way that’s in the best interests of our state.
Attorney General Bondi Announces Four Arrests for Operating Unlicensed Assisted Living Facilities
Attorney General Bondi announced that three Duval County residents and one Bay County resident were arrested and charged with Operating Unlicensed Assisted Living Facilities. Joseph Bell, 69, Vanita McCray, 47, and Barry Smith, 49, were taken into custody and booked into the Duval County Pretrial Detention Facility. Investigators with the State Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrests. Timothy Dawson, 46, was taken into custody and booked into the Bay County Jail. Officers with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the arrest of Mr. Dawson.
Bell, McCray, and Dawson are charged with one count of operating an unlicensed assisted living facility. If convicted, they could receive up to 5 years in prison and $5,000 in fines. Smith is charged with two counts of operating an unlicensed assisted living facility and, if convicted, could receive up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. These cases will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Offices for the Fourth Judicial Circuit and the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.
Lake City Pill Mill Doctor Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Medicaid Fraud and Other Drug-Related Charges
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that Circuit Court Judge Leandra G. Johnson sentenced Dr. Yong Am Park, 68, to two years in prison for Medicaid fraud and prescription drug-related charges. The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit partnered with multiple agencies to investigate the Lake City pill mill doctor, the last defendant sentenced in a case involving now-defunct Trinity Community Hospital in Jasper. Click here to read more.
Attorney General Bondi’s Office Reaches Agreement with Keiser University, Everglades University and Keiser Career College
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that her office has entered an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance with Keiser University, Everglades University and Keiser Career College, Fort Lauderdale-based providers of college, career and other educational services. The agreement follows the office’s investigation of the school’s enrollment and marketing practices. Click here to read more.
The Kiwanis Club of St. Petersburg
Attorney General Bondi visited with the Kiwanis Club of St. Petersburg on Wednesday and thanked them for their dedication to improving the lives of children and bettering their community.
Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce
On Thursday, Attorney General Bondi visited members of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce. Attorney General Bondi spoke about her efforts to promote public safety and economic prosperity.