Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
Our efforts to test Florida’s thousands of unprocessed sexual assault kits continue, and this week, Governor Rick Scott signed legislation that will help improve the kit testing process. Senate Bill 636, sets up a consistent timetable for submitting and testing sexual assault kits in Florida.
Governor Scott also signed the state budget providing millions of dollars for the testing of unprocessed kits and paving the way for private labs to assist. The budget also allocated funds to raise the wages of lab analysts to reduce turnover, purchase new forensic testing equipment and upgrade existing lab equipment.
In September, I stood with victims, advocates, lawmakers and law enforcement officers to commit my support to this very important public safety issue. As a career prosecutor, I have seen first-hand the heartache caused by sexual assault, and this important public safety legislation and state funding are significant steps toward bringing more predators to justice and helping victims heal.
I want to thank Governor Scott, state lawmakers, law enforcement, victims and advocates who all quickly rallied around this urgent public safety issue and worked diligently to ensure the state has the resources needed to begin this process. We know we will not solve this problem overnight. The challenge is great, but with this legislation and the new funding we will test these kits and bring justice and healing.
Florida Man Arrested for Targeting the Vulnerable to Defraud Medicaid
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested Patrick Perez James, Miramar resident and owner of United Support Agency Corp, for defrauding the Medicaid program out of more than $24,000. While working as a direct provider of respite care services, James allegedly fraudulently billed Medicaid for services never rendered. Respite care services provide temporary relief to families caring for a disabled child or adult. According to the investigation, James also asked recipients’ relatives and others to state he provided the services when, in fact, he did not. More.
Attorney General Pam Bondi convened this year’s first meeting of the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking at Stetson University’s College of Law. The 15-member council builds on existing state and local partnerships working to eliminate human trafficking in Florida. Members of the council, chaired by Attorney General Bondi, include law enforcement officers, legislators, prosecutors and experts in health, education and social services.
Attorney General Bondi Convenes the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking
Florida is a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking, and this week’s council meeting brings Florida one step closer to being the model state for fighting human trafficking.
To watch the full meeting, visit TheFloridaChannel.com.
For more information on the Statewide Council for Human Trafficking, visit MyFloridaLegal.com.
Attorney General Pam Bondi with Special Agent Paul Wysopal of the Tampa Federal Bureau of Investigation Division. AG Bondi addressed FBI employees and task force members for the National Women's Month Celebration.
Attorney General Bondi with NBC Nightly News' Olivia Sterns, discussing vacation rental scams that Spring Breakers should watch for. The story will air on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt tonight, at 6:30 p.m. EST.