Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
On Thursday, my office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Miami-Dade County Police Department arrested three Miami-Dade County residents for Medicaid fraud and grand theft. Noriel Batista, the owner of Westchester Pharmacy, Eduardo Marcos-Mone, a pharmacist, and Barbara Iglesias, a Medicaid recipient, allegedly participated in a scheme that resulted in billing the Medicaid program for more than $143,000 for prescribed medications that were never dispensed. My Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case, and the defendants could face a cumulative total of 130 years in prison and $770,000 in fines.

Billing the Medicaid program for prescriptions that were never dispensed is not only unethical, but also it essentially steals taxpayer dollars. Thanks to our great partnership with the Miami-Dade Police Department, we were able to uphold the integrity of Florida’s Medicaid program.

Pam Bondi
Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Bondi Reminds Qualified Borrowers Who Lost Homes to Foreclosure to Submit Claims for Payment by January 18

Attorney General Bondi reminds Florida borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2011 and who may be eligible for payment under the $25 billion national mortgage foreclosure settlement to file claims by Jan. 18, 2013. Click here to read more.

Attorney General Bondi Urges Floridians to Use Caution when Shopping Online this Holiday Season

Attorney General Bondi urges Floridians to use caution when shopping online this holiday season. Consumers should protect their personal identification information and bank account numbers. Consumers should also refrain from responding to unsolicited emails requesting personal information.

Below are tips for online shopping:

  • use a credit card or a secured online payment system, such as Paypal, when making a purchase;
  • update your computer’s anti-virus software in an effort to avoid downloading malware from poorly protected sites;
  • ask when your order will be shipped and when it will arrive;
  • know the return and refund policies; and
  • save copies of receipts, warranties, and service agreements.

Visit the Attorney General’s Office consumer protection page for more information on protecting yourself this holiday season.