Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
Great news this week as crime in Florida continues to decline. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement 2018 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report, violent and property crime rates dropped by eight percent statewide compared to the first six months of 2017.
The report highlights a 10.8 percent decrease in robbery, a 7.2 percent fall in aggravated assault, an 18.2 percent reduction in burglary and a 6.4 percent decline in larceny.
Florida's falling crime rate is a testament to the hard work and selfless actions of our courageous law enforcement officers and dedicated prosecutors. These public servants work nights, weekends and holidays, putting themselves in harm's way to keep us safe. Sadly, some of them never make it home.
So far this year, nine Florida officers died in the line of duty. My heart breaks for their families and our entire law enforcement community over the loss of these heroes. We can never repay them, but we can recognize their sacrifice and continue to treat all law enforcement heroes with the admiration and respect they deserve.
We are incredibly blessed to live in a thriving state with such dedicated, selfless law enforcement officers. Florida is stronger and safer because of these heroes. The next time you see an officer, even if they are writing you a ticket, please thank them for serving and making our great state of Florida a better place to live.
Attorney General Bondi Reveals Charitable Tips on Giving Tuesday
In recognition of Giving Tuesday, Attorney General Pam Bondi released charitable giving tips to protect citizens from scams. Nationally celebrated the week after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday is recognized as an international day of charitable giving during the holiday season. More.
Attorney General Bondi Offers Secure Shopping Tips for Cyber Monday
Attorney General Pam Bondi asked online shoppers to take steps to protect financial information on Cyber Monday. More than 80 million Americans were expected to buy something online on Cyber Monday, as holiday shopping kicks into high gear. More.
South Florida Pharmacist Sentenced to Over Six Years in Prison for Role in $5 Million Compounding Pharmacy Scheme
A South Florida pharmacist was sentenced to 78 months in prison for his role in a $5 million compounding pharmacy scheme.
Stephen Chalker, 42, of Wellington, Florida, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks of the Southern District of Florida, who also ordered Chalker to pay $4,980,679.50 in restitution jointly and severally and a forfeiture money judgment of $244,134. After a four-day trial before Judge Middlebrooks, Chalker was convicted by a jury in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Sept. 7, 2018 of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and two counts of health care fraud. More.
This week, Attorney General Pam Bondi spoke at the National Association of Attorneys General fall meetings in Charleston, South Carolina. Topics discussed included emergency and crisis management, opioids, veterans’ issues and more.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry presented Attorney General Bondi with a framed map of Florida at the NAAG meetings. The map is an award recognizing all of Attorney General Bondi's accomplishments and contributions during her eight years of dedicated service as a member of NAAG.
Attorney General Bondi presented the NAAG Chief Deputy of the Year Award and the Meritorious Service Award to her Deputy Attorney General Trish Conners. The two are pictured below with NAAG Executive Director Chris Toth. Attorney General Bondi congratulates Trish on receiving these prestigious awards and thanks her for years of service to the state of Florida.