Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
Attorney General Bondi in Jerusalem with D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, Diane Abrams,
This week, I returned from a weeklong diplomacy mission to Israel where I joined seven other state attorneys general to meet with top government officials and legal officers of the ally nation. Our delegation engaged in discussions with Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, State Comptroller and Ombudsman Joseph Shapira, Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat, and multiple members of the Israel Defense Forces. Additionally, we discussed cybersecurity at home and abroad with the former head of the Civilian Division of the Israeli National Cyber Bureau Rami Efrati.
Israel is a powerful ally and this diplomacy mission not only served to strengthen the bond between our two countries—it also allowed the members of the delegation to meet face-to-face with cybersecurity experts, national legal leaders and top government officials to share strategies to bolster public safety and security. Our countries must continue to work together to protect our citizens against threats from enemies of freedom and democracy; and this diplomacy mission helps to reaffirm our willingness to stand together against common enemies.
Former New York Attorney General Bob Abrams, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Wisconsin Attorney General
Brad Schimel, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, National Association of Attorneys General Chief of Staff
Al Lama, The Friends of Israel Guide, Marissa Foster, New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster
and Maine Attorney General Janet Mills.
This week also marks the beginning of hurricane season. Floridians need to have a plan in place should a storm make landfall. We cannot prevent a hurricane from hitting our state, but we can be prepared and help minimize the chances of physical and financial harm. My 2016 Hurricane Preparedness Guide provides Floridians with an essential supply checklist and highlights scams consumers should be aware of before a storm makes landfall and when dealing with the aftermath.
Six Arrested in Connection to Racketeering Organization
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration West Palm Beach District Office announced the arrests of six medical professionals in connection to racketeering and money laundering. Lancelot James is the alleged leader of the criminal organization that includes physicians, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. As a result of the investigation, authorities also seized $500,000 in luxury cars. More.
Florida’s Crime Rate at a 45-Year Low
Florida’s crime is now at a 45-year low. In 2015, there were 10,773 fewer crimes than in 2014, which represents a 1.6 percent decrease. The crime rate has dropped by 3.1 percent since 2014. This year, Governor Scott invested more than $4.9 billion in public safety measures in the Florida First budget. This investment included improvements to the Florida Department of Corrections and increasing staff across Florida’s public safety system.
Attorney General Pam Bondi said, “The crime rate in Florida is the lowest it has been in 45 years and that is due to the great work of our state law enforcement officers who risk their lives every day protecting Floridians and our visitors. I cannot express the extent of my gratitude to each and every law enforcement officer in our state for their selfless commitment to the safety of Floridians and our great prosecutors who work to keep the worst of the worst behind bars where they belong.” More.
Attorney General Bondi’s Memorial Day Statement
Attorney General Pam Bondi released the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day:
“This Memorial Day, we remember and honor all the members of the Armed Forces who lost their lives protecting our country. These heroes and their selfless actions secure our rule of law, a bedrock to the American way of life and the protection of our individual rights and freedoms. I encourage all Floridians to thank a service member this weekend. It is due to their dedicated service that we are able to enjoy our freedom as we spend time with friends and family.”
Attorney General Pam Bondi with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster and Former New York Attorney General Bob Abrams visiting the Supreme Court of Israel.
Attorney General Bondi meeting with Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner in Israel.
Attorney General Bondi with a 19-year-old member of the Israel Defense Forces. In Israel, all 18-year-old young women enlist in the military for two years and all 18-year-old young men enlist in the military for three years, unless they have a community service exemption.
Attorney General Bondi with South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, center, and Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, right.
Attorney General Bondi and the other members of the delegation at Mobileye, an international technological company headquartered in Jerusalem.
This past weekend, Fox News Channel’s The Property Man, hosted by Bob Massi, featured Attorney General Bondi providing consumers with tips to avoid fraud and potential scams. To view the segment, click here.