Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
The Special Olympics Flame of Hope is being carried by our brave law enforcement officers across Florida, and this week, I held a kick-off event at the state Capitol to launch the inspiring journey. Hundreds of law enforcement officers and supporters participated in the event that benefits Special Olympics Florida and the more than 33,000 athletes who will participate in the games.
The ceremony marked the start of a 1,500-mile journey by 8,000 law enforcement and corrections officers, who carry the Flame of Hope across Florida. In May, these officers will carry the torch into the opening ceremonies at Special Olympics Florida’s State Summer Games. The Special Olympics gives athletes the opportunity to improve physical fitness, build self-esteem, develop social skills, make new friends, acquire leadership skills, have fun and learn life lessons that can last a lifetime.
The Special Olympics is a truly fantastic event, and it is inspiring to see such unwavering support from our law enforcement, supporters and the athletes who will participate. I am proud and excited to help kick-off this event and encourage all Floridians to support these amazing athletes and our dedicated law enforcement.
Leader of Multistate Drug Enterprise Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the sentencing of Jorge Castillo to 25 years in prison. Castillo, 45, of Miami Lakes, ran a drug diversion enterprise stretching from South Florida to Tennessee, Michigan, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. At the time of his arrest, Castillo planned to expand the enterprise into Puerto Rico. Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with assistance of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Food and Drug Administration’s Chicago Field Office, investigated the case. Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution prosecuted the case. More.
Florida Doctor Arrested for Prescribing and Selling Medically Unnecessary Controlled Substances
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the State Attorney for the 10th Judicial Circuit, announced the arrest of a Polk County doctor for Medicaid Fraud. Gregory Gooden allegedly sold prescriptions for controlled substances not medically necessary.
According to the investigation, Gooden sold prescriptions for controlled substances, such as hydrocodone, to non-patients, without performing any medical examinations. Gooden allegedly sold the prescriptions outside of his regular practice to Medicaid recipients who then filled the prescriptions using their Medicaid benefits. More.
FDLE arrests four in organized theft ring
Agents charged with dealing in stolen property and conspiracy to commit dealing in stolen property after investigators believe they routinely and knowingly purchased and resold stolen semi-tractor engines. Arrested were Osmany Amarales Ramos, 44, Joseph Stephen D’Aleo Jr., 51, Jose Leonardo Munoz, 48, and Angel Para, 38, all of Miami. Coral Springs, Medley and Hialeah Gardens Police Departments assisted with the arrests. The case is being prosecuted by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution. More.
Attorney General Pam Bondi convening the Human Trafficking’s Legislative and Special Initiatives Committee on Monday in Tallahassee. Committee members, including the Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Christina Daly and Terry Coonan joined Attorney General Bondi.
Attorney General Bondi with members of the Office of the Attorney General Torch Run team. The team began the run at Tallahassee’s Lake Ella Plaza and finished in the Capitol Courtyard.