Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
Working with state and local law enforcement, this week, we arrested three individuals on charges of organized fraud, grand theft, conspiracy to commit grand theft, conspiracy to commit organized fraud and money laundering. These felony charges stem from an investigation into an alleged impostor scam.
According to the investigation, the suspects posing as TECO energy employees called customers advising them that their electricity would be turned off if they did not make immediate payment using a pre-paid debit card. Once the suspects received money from the pre-paid card, they transferred the funds onto a separate debit card to avoid detection. When Tampa Electric, TECO, learned customers were being instructed to pay in a manner outside of their policy, TECO requested FDLE agents to investigate.
My Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute this case.
Impostor scams prey on people’s trust and fear, and that is why I am fighting diligently to protect Florida consumers against all forms of impostor scams. Some of the most common impostor scams include scammers pretending to be the IRS, a well-known tech repair company, law enforcement and even family members. These types of scams are on the rise, but there are simple precautions Floridians can take to safeguard against them. First and foremost, do not give out personal or financial information on the phone. Scammers can spoof caller ID to make it appear as if any number is calling, so do not automatically trust the number listed on your caller ID. Also know that the IRS will never make first contact using email or phone. Impostors pose as IRS agents and call or email potential victims claiming they owe the IRS taxes and demand immediate electronic payment.
Anyone who suspects an impostor scam or other types of scams, can file a complaint with my office online at MyFloridaLegal.com or by calling 1-866-9-NO-SCAM.
Attorney General Bondi Takes Action Against Maker of Opioid Addiction Treatment Drug
Attorney General Pam Bondi and 35 other attorneys general filed legal action against the makers of Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat opioid addiction. The legal action is based on allegations that the drug companies engaged in a scheme to block generic competitors and caused purchasers to pay artificially high prices. Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, now known as Indivior, is accused of conspiring with MonoSol Rx to switch Suboxone from a tablet to a film in order to prevent or delay generic alternatives and maintain monopoly profits. The companies are accused of violating both state and federal antitrust laws. More.
Attorney General Bondi Recognizes National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week
This week is National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week and Attorney General Pam Bondi is recognizing the continued and dedicated efforts to end drug abuse in Florida. From shutting down pill mills, to busting massive drug trafficking rings, Attorney General Bondi is dedicated to combating all forms of drug abuse in Florida.
“One life lost to a drug overdose is too many—that is why I continue in the fight to stop drug abuse not only in Florida but across the country,” said Attorney General Bondi. “My Office works tirelessly to place drug traffickers behind bars and ensure our state is a safe place to live and raise a family.” More.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Pam 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 Pam Bondi recognizing her victim advocates and additional key staff for their exceptional service to the victims and families of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Attorney General Bondi thanks Pamela Bennett, Robert Bolduc, Angela Buckhanan, Cindy Chambers, Cathy Costley, Michelle Crum, Terra Dailey, Michael Dasinger, Andrew Fay, Timothy Frizzell, Benita Fuller, Natalie Griffis, Elayne Gooding, Christina Harris, Annette Jean, Edyleidy Mirabal Urra, Theresa Ronnebaum, Judith Rossetti, William Saitta, Jessica Stephens and Andrea Urane.
Attorney General Bondi introducing Peep, a Chihuahua, at the Florida Cabinet meeting. For more information on Peep and other rescue animals in the Tallahassee area, visit TalGov.com/Animals.
Attorney General Pam Bondi's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Civil Enforcement Chief, Kathy Von Hoene, presenting at the annual National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units training in Omaha. Chief Von Hoene presented on recent False Claims Act cases that Florida successfully led. More than 300 state and federal enforcement professionals gathered to learn about the latest fraud schemes and investigative techniques.
Attorney General Bondi is reminding anyone interested in attending Florida’s 2016 Human Trafficking Summit that online registration closes on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. Contact the Florida Attorney General’s Office at (850) 414-3350 or visit HumanTraffickingSummit.com for additional details or to register for the summit.
Additionally, Attorney General Bondi is pleased to announce the summit’s Keynote Speaker—Academy AwardŽ-nominated actress and human rights activist, Anne Archer. Ms. Archer stars in the 2016 film, “Trafficked,” also starring Ashley Judd and Patrick Duffy. The movie was inspired by the real life experiences of three girls enslaved in a Texas brothel and is based on the award-winning book, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery by Siddharth Kara. Attorney General Bondi hopes you will join her on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in Orlando, to hear Ms. Archer’s inspiring words as we continue working together to eradicate trafficking.