Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
We awoke this week to horrifying news out of Las Vegas. A mass shooter opened fire on concert goers killing 58 and injuring hundreds more. My heart breaks thinking about all the families burying loved ones and visiting relatives in hospital beds. That is why when the Nevada Attorney General asked our office to help assist victims, we headed to Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas attack is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. History. Sadly, one year ago, an attack at an Orlando nightclub held that distinction. The Pulse Nightclub shooting claimed 49 lives in June of 2016. Immediately following the Pulse attack, I gathered my victims advocates and, for the following days, weeks and months, we provided services to victims and their families. Through my office, we provided grief counseling, paid hospital bills, arranged flights to Orlando for family members to visit their wounded loved ones and more. Our experience helping victims after Pulse prepared us to assist Las Vegas in its time of need.
The pain there is great, but people are coming together to help families grieve and to provide services to those who need them most. Just as with Pulse, many of the wounds left by this horrific attack will never heal. The road to recovery is long, but I am encouraged by the love and humanity I see in the aftermath of this attack.
Attorney General Bondi Kicks Off Human Trafficking Summit
Attorney General Pam Bondi kicked off Florida’s 2017 Human Trafficking Summit in Orlando. This year's summit focuses on connecting stakeholders throughout Florida with the shared goal of eradicating human trafficking. Law enforcement, the legal community, service providers, healthcare professionals, educators, corporate leaders and other first responders are participating in profession-specific breakout sessions and training opportunities. There will be breakout sessions discussing human trafficking prevention, victim advocacy, law enforcement action and much more.
“Combating human trafficking in Florida has been and will remain one of my top priorities, but the fight requires joint-efforts from partners not just from Florida, but nationwide,” said Attorney General Bondi. “This important summit brings together those dedicated to ending this crime and builds on partnerships striving to make Florida a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking.” More.
Attorney General Bondi Issues Subpoenas in Debris-Removal Investigation
Attorney General Pam Bondi issued investigative subpoenas to three debris-removal companies in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The subpoenas are being issued pursuant to Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and are part of an ongoing investigation into allegations that debris removal contractors are either failing to perform at pre-storm contract rates, not performing until negotiating higher rates or are slow to perform under existing contracts.
“Sitting debris is a health and safety hazard and needs to be removed as soon as possible—but instead of doing their jobs and helping Floridians recover, apparently some contractors are delaying the work or requesting higher rates,” said Attorney General Bondi. “These subpoenas seek to answer questions about why many communities are continuing to struggle with the hazards of debris while having to contend with rate hikes.” More.
Pinellas County Resident Arrested for Exploitation of an Elderly Person
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office arrested Curtis Johnson, 55, for exploiting an elderly person. Johnson possessed power of attorney for an elderly relative residing in an assisted living facility and arranged for the relative’s pension checks to be electronically deposited into an account under Johnson’s control. According to the MFCU investigation, Johnson did not pay the monthly responsibility for the relative to stay in the facility, and instead used the money for personal benefit.
Johnson faces one count of exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Johnson could face up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines. The State Attorney’s Office for the Sixth Judicial Circuit is prosecuting this case. More.
Attorney General Pam Bondi kicking off this year’s Human Trafficking Summit in Orlando. Attorney General Bondi discussed continued efforts to combat human trafficking not just in Florida but internationally as well.
Actress Ann Archer delivering the keynote address at the Human Trafficking Summit. Attorney General Bondi thanks Ann Archer for her continued dedication to anti-human trafficking efforts.
Attorney General Bondi presenting awards to six dedicated individuals for their tireless work to stop human trafficking and help victims. For more information about the award recipients, click here.