Tomorrow is the Second Annual Florida Statewide Drug Take-Back Day. Prescription drug abuse can often start in the home, and events like Drug Take-Back Day provide the community with a safe way to dispose of unnecessary prescription medications and protect loved ones. I encourage you to participate in this event on Saturday. Most events begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. For details, visit MyFloridaLegal.com
and click on the Drug Take-Back Day banner.
Also, I am pleased to report that this week the Florida Supreme Court lifted the stay of execution of Manuel Valle. Valle is on death row for the brutal murder of Louis Penain, a Coral Gables Police Officer. Justice is long overdue. In its opinion lifting the stay, the Florida Supreme Court reaffirmed that the protocols and procedures used by the state of Florida in lethal injections are constitutional.
On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to tour the State Emergency Operations Center, which is responsible for ensuring that Florida is preparing for and responding to emergencies. Florida's price-gouging law prohibits extreme increases in the price of essential commodities needed as a direct result of an officially declared emergency, and my office is charged with enforcing this statute during a state of emergency. We will be vigilant in ensuring that bad actors do not exploit Floridians in their time of need.
Attorney General Bondi’s Office Announces the Arrest of Vero Beach Group Home Operator for Exploitation of Adults with Disabilities
Attorney General Bondi announces that a Vero Beach woman, Constance Call, is in custody for her role in the exploitation of three adults with disabilities who resided in The Louis House, Call’s group home. She was arrested on Tuesday by law enforcement officers with the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
Between April 2009 and August 2010, Call cashed the Social Security checks intended for three of her adult residents with disabilities and diverted the funds for her own use. In total, Call deprived the three victims of more than $25,000.
Ms. Call is being held in the Indian River County jail. She is charged with three counts of exploitation of a disabled adult, all third-degree felonies. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison and a $45,000 fine. The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit.
Attorney General Bondi’s Office Announces the Arrest of Five Home Health Aides for Defrauding Medicaid Out of More Than $10,000
Attorney General Bondi’s Office announces that five Miami-Dade and Broward County residents were arrested this week after being charged with defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $10,000. Lucy Bogdansky, Nina Pecherskaya, Iosif Pechersky, Alexandria Rennet and Olga Turyanskaya were arrested on Wednesday on felony warrants by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with assistance from the Hallandale Beach Police Department, Coral Springs Police Department, Miami-Dade Police Department, Margate Police Department, Coral Springs Police Department and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. Each defendant is being charged with one count of grand theft and one count of Medicaid fraud, both third-degree felonies. They are currently being held in the Miami-Dade and Broward County jails and if convicted they face up to 10 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.
Attorney General Bondi’s Office Reaches Settlement with Hurricane Shutter Company for Nearly $790,000
On Wednesday, Attorney General Bondi announced that a settlement has been reached with hurricane shutter company Rolladen, Inc. and its principal, Robert Hoffman. The court order requires the company to pay 100 percent refunds, totaling nearly $790,000, to Florida consumers within 90 days and forbids Rolladen from marketing or selling the installation of hurricane shutters or windows for at least one year. For the full release, click here
Attorney General Bondi’s Office Recovers More Than $26 Million From Pharmaceutical Company in Medicaid Fraud Settlement
Attorney General Bondi announced on Friday that Florida, four other states, and the federal government have reached a $154 million settlement with Par Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Par Pharmaceuticals Companies, Inc. to resolve claims of Medicaid fraud. Allegedly, these companies knowingly set and reported false and inflated prices for medications dispensed by pharmacies and other providers who were then reimbursed by the Florida Medicaid program. Florida’s portion of the settlement is $26.6 million. For the full release, click here.
Attorney General Bondi’s Office Puts “Brown Pride Locos” Gang Members Behind Bars
Attorney General Bondi today announced that the Office of Statewide Prosecution successfully prosecuted Raul Mondragon, a.k.a. “Sleep,” of the “Brown Pride Locos” gang, which has terrorized Manatee County for years. On Thursday, a jury in Bradenton found Mondragon guilty of Racketeering and Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering, both first degree felonies. He faces up to 60 years in prison and will be sentenced next month.
Three other defendants were scheduled to stand trial alongside Mondragon this week; however, they each entered pleas to Racketeering and Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering. They are: Juan Carlos Hernandez, a.k.a “Lazy”; Jessie Scott, Fuentes, a.k.a. “BOLA”; and Moises Antunes, a.k.a. “Cartoon.”
The successful prosecution of these gang members demonstrates the continued commitment of the Attorney General’s Office, and state, federal and local law enforcement to identify, target and dismantle gangs that perpetrate violence and victimize entire communities.
Attorney General Bondi Speaks at the Tampa Chapter of the Exchange Club
On Monday, Attorney General Bondi addressed the Tampa Chapter of the Exchange Club and expressed her appreciation for their selfless contributions to the community. Being a Tampa native, Attorney General Bondi enjoyed spending time with people who are dedicated to making Tampa a better place to live, work, and raise a family.