Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
This week, I had the honor of awarding a number of our great law enforcement officers and victim advocates for their remarkable efforts assisting victims of crime in our state. I remember a time when we did not have advocates, and it is unbelievable to me how victims and their families were able to get through such trying times.
I am proud of the significant progress we have made in recognizing victims’ rights, because addressing victimization when it occurs is critical and can improve victim recovery and prevent future victimization.
As a career prosecutor, I have seen first-hand the important role advocates and law enforcement play in the lives of victims; from the immediate aftermath of the crime, to the years following the event. The trust developed between victims and their advocates helps to provide hope and healing.
Through this week’s award recipients and their distinguished service, we can see how a special group of victim advocates and law enforcement officers can truly be life changing for crime victims, as well as empower victims to become survivors. There are many more who go above and beyond their call of duty. Thank you to all our surviving victims and victims’ families for being brave and bold, and all our advocates and law enforcement for helping them heal and recover a sense of safety.
To watch the full victim’s rights ceremony, click here.
Florida Couple Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud and Grand Theft
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit announced the sentencing of a Palm Beach couple for Medicaid fraud and grand theft. David and Karen Bledsoe, owners of a durable medical equipment company named A Plus Medical Equipment and Supply, Inc., fraudulently billed the Medicaid program for more than $40,000 in services and medical equipment never provided to Medicaid recipients. More.
Florida Dentist Arrested for Scheme to Illegally Obtain Oxycodone
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Broward Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a Florida dentist in connection to a scheme to fraudulently obtain oxycodone. Dr. Joseph Gorfien, D.D.S., is a partner at Gorfien & Jacobsohn, P.A., a dental practice, along with partner and director Dr. Henry Jacobsohn, D.M.D.
According to the investigation, Gorfien used Jacobsohn’s professional license information and prescription pad to forge, then later fill, unlawful prescriptions for oxycodone without his partner’s knowledge. More.
Two Arrested for Defrauding Medicaid out of more than $100,000
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Miami-Dade Police Department arrested two Miami-Dade County residents for allegedly billing the Medicaid program more than $100,000 for in-home support services not rendered.
According to the investigation, David Krochmal,43, owner of Peer Link Programs, and Cecilia Ines Krochmal, 47, operated a Home Health Agency that specialized in servicing individuals with developmental disabilities. Cecilia Krochmal, David Krochmal’s sister-in-law, managed the day-to-day operations of the business. The defendants allegedly falsified service logs for individual Medicaid recipients to include in-home services, such as assisting with personal hygiene; however, told clients that the business could not afford to visit clients’ homes to provide individual services. Instead, the defendants picked up multiple Medicaid recipients to participate in group activities on the weekends. More.
As Tax Deadline Looms, A Warning About Tax-Related Scams
Attorney General Pam Bondi is warning Floridians about tax-related identity theft and scams. Attorney General Bondi issued a warning about tax identity theft in January, and this week she provided more tips for consumers as the tax-filing deadline approaches.
“Thousands of Floridians will file their tax returns this week and scammers know this. I encourage anyone who has not yet filed a return to take precautions when submitting their tax information to the Internal Revenue Service,” said Attorney General Bondi. More.
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Staff Recognized for Outstanding Service
Attorney General Bondi congratulates several members of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for receiving Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards from the Unites States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. The US Attorney's Office awarded Lieutenants Giovanna Angulo and Mike Allen; Investigators Joyce Cavallo, Abe Jurado and Tracy Pearce; and Analysts Vanessa Fykes and Eric Deckerhoff for their work involving two complex investigations.
Additionally, Law Enforcement Lieutenant Thomas Rybczyk, with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, is being inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame Class of 2016. The Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame honors graduates of the federal Army Officer Candidate School who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits.
Attorney General Bondi addressing victims, their families, law enforcement officers and other attendees at a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony in Tallahassee.
Attorney General Bondi with special guest speaker Kellie Greene and the Attorney General’s Director of Law Enforcement Relations, Victim Services and Criminal Justice Programs Emery Gainey.
Attorney General Bondi with Division of Victim Services employees at the Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony.