Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
It has been more than nine months since the tragic attack at Pulse nightclub took 49 innocent lives and shocked our country. I will never forget waking up to the horrific news. I quickly assembled my team of victim advocates and immediately headed to Orlando to offer whatever help we could.
My heart broke meeting the families of the victims and the survivors. We worked tirelessly to help pay their medical bills, funeral expenses and help them find grief counseling. The need was great and many wounds remain.
This week we received great news on behalf of the victims. The U.S. Department of Justice awarded my office an $8 million grant to help many of those still suffering. The funds will go directly to victim service costs in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. Additionally, the funds will ensure that victims, witnesses and first responders continue to receive essential services, including mental health counseling.
The Pulse attack was the deadliest mass shooting by a single individual in our country’s history and the largest terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11. It was also the most lethal act of violence against the LGBTQ community. At the time of the shooting, more than 400 people were at the nightclub—49 of them lost their lives, 53 suffered physical injuries. Countless others were devastated by the loss of a friend or loved one.
In many cases the physical injuries will heal more quickly than the emotional wounds. I pray this grant will help the victims continue down the path of healing.
Three Arrested in Medicaid Fraud Scheme Targeting Homeless
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the Kissimmee Police Department, the Orlando Police Department and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests of three individuals for allegedly defrauding the Medicaid program out of more than $10,000. According to the investigation, the owner of Genesis TCM, a provider of Targeted Case Management services and two Genesis employees, allegedly billed Medicaid for Targeted Case Management services never provided. More.
Attorney General Bondi Introduces Resolution Recognizing Uber’s Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts
Attorney General Pam Bondi introduced a resolution at the meeting of the Florida Governor and Cabinet recognizing Uber’s efforts and initiatives to educate drivers to help prevent human trafficking.
“Governor Scott and the Florida Cabinet joined me today in recognizing Uber’s proactive efforts to fight human trafficking,” said Attorney General Bondi. “The company and its drivers, operating in more than 70 countries, are uniquely positioned to help identify and ultimately prevent human trafficking and can play a key role in the fight to stop traffickers across the globe. Today’s resolution commends Uber for their commitment to safety in the communities drivers serve and in doing their part to put an end to this horrific crime.” More.
Attorney General Bondi’s Statement on State Attorney Ayala’s Neglect of Duty
Attorney General Pam Bondi released the following statement about State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Aramis Ayala’s announcement that she “will not be seeking death penalty in cases handled in my office:”
"State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s decision today sends a dangerous message to residents and visitors of the greater Orlando area—furthermore, it is a blatant neglect of duty and a shameful failure to follow the law as a constitutionally elected officer.”
Attorney General Bondi Releases Latest Edition of Sunshine Manual
Attorney General Pam Bondi is releasing the 2017 Edition of the Government in the Sunshine Manual in recognition of Sunshine Week. Florida’s Sunshine Manual has been assisting the public, journalists and governmental agencies in understanding the requirements and exemptions to Florida's open government laws for decades. The manual is written and printed through a 39-year partnership between the Florida Attorney General’s Office and the Florida First Amendment Foundation. More.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Pam Bondi joined Governor Rick Scott and fellow Cabinet members, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, for a the meeting of the Florida Governor and Cabinet in Tallahassee.
Attorney General Bondi presenting a resolution at the meeting of the Florida Governor and Cabinet recognizing March 2017 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. For more information about the resolution, click here.
Attorney General Bondi introducing Bethany, at the Florida Cabinet meeting. For more information on Bethany and other rescue animals in the Tallahassee area, visit TalGov.com/Animals.
Attorney General Bondi appearing on Capital Dateline Online, hosted by Brad Swanson of the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association, to discuss her fight against human trafficking, drug abuse, Medicaid fraud and more. To watch the full interview, click here.