Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
No matter how big or small the target is, identity theft is a devastating crime that can leave individuals and families with heavy financial hardships. Understandably, victims can experience high levels of anxiety and emotional distress for months and even years trying to clear their names.
This week, my Office of Statewide Prosecution successfully prosecuted a Palm Beach County man on two counts of public assistance fraud and two counts of identity theft. The defendant stole names, social security numbers and dates of birth from hundreds of victims.
Michelson Janvier used this information to apply for Food Stamp benefits, otherwise known as SNAP/EBT benefits through the Florida Department of Children and Families. Janvier physically obtained EBT cards in the victims’ names, using them to make purchases at numerous South Florida retailers and even trafficked in food stamps at a market in Hialeah. Assistant Statewide Prosecutors Jonathan Bridges and Patricia Abdi prosecuted this case.
In 2017, Florida ranked second among U.S. states in identity theft complaints. Anybody can have their identity stolen. If you do fall victim, my Identity Theft Victim Kit is a useful tool to curb the damage and protect your finances. The kit provides specific instructions on combating identity theft, along with how to properly file police reports and work with your financial institutions.
Identity thieves are very conniving and use multiple techniques to steal information. Please take steps now to protect your information by visiting my website.
Attorney General Pam Bondi along with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan are co-sponsoring a letter signed by every attorney general in the United States and U.S. Territories urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The letter sent to congressional leaders and the chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees asks lawmakers to vote to reauthorize VAWA before funding expires later this year.
“Battling domestic violence has been a major focus of mine while serving Florida,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Women need all the support possible to cope and rebuild their lives following these horrific acts. I am proud to cosign this letter with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and all of my counterparts throughout the country.” More.
This week, Attorney General Pam Bondi recognized several days of national importance.
On Monday, America celebrated Constitution Day, the 231st birthday of America’s founding document, ratified and signed on Sept. 17, 1787.
Tuesday marked the 71st anniversary of the United States Air Force.
This week, the holiest day of Judaism, Yom Kippur took place. We hope all those who observed had a blessed fast.
Friday, the nation honors and remembers the brave men and women captured and missing in action. They will never be forgotten.
The Attorney General’s Office recently lost a cherished member of our team. Traci Trawick, our Administrative Assistant of the Director of Civil Rights, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Traci worked diligently for the Attorney General's office for 10 of her 30 plus years in the legal field. Prior to her career with the Attorney General's Office, Traci served as a Judicial Assistant for both Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente and Judge Michael Allen of the First District Court of Appeals. Traci's advice and kindness will be greatly missed by her coworkers and friends.