Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
In October, we launched the first ever statewide suspicious activity reporting app for Florida students and we are already seeing results. In just one month users submitted more than 150 tips leading to at least one arrest. This is very encouraging.
When I spoke to parents, teachers and students following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, I learned there was a gap in communication between law enforcement agencies and school officials. After Parkland, I made it my mission to ensure that when students provide information that could potentially save lives, there would be a centralized tool they could use to quickly send that information to the right authorities.
In the weeks following the tragedy, I worked with the legislature to secure funding for an app that would make reporting potential threats fast and simple. We wanted to make sure these tips would immediately and simultaneously reach local law enforcement, school resource officers, administrators, principals, school safety personnel and state officials.
I also met with Parkland students and asked them to help us name the app and design its logo. The students chose the name FortifyFL. The purpose of the app represents the definition of the word fortify—to strengthen and protect against attack. The FortifyFL app is available now for download in the Apple Store and Google Play. Tips can also be submitted online at GetFortifyFL.com
Please take a few minutes to review the website and download the app. Encourage your friends and family to do the same. The app is a great tool to help keep our schools safe—but it won’t work if we don’t use it.
Also, remember that the app is for reporting tips and suspicious activity. If anyone is experiencing an emergency, they should call 911 immediately.
Sex Offender Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to 32 Years in Prison
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the Office of Statewide Prosecution secured the sentencing of a registered Orange County sex offender charged on multiple counts of sexual battery. Fred Lucius, 36, pled guilty to sexual battery with force or threat of force, two counts of lewd and lascivious battery, and traveling to solicit a minor for sex. The Honorable Judge Jenifer Harris issued Lucius a 32-year prison sentence in the Florida Department of Corrections, with 10 years of sexual offender probation. More.
Honoring our Brave Veterans this Veterans Day
Attorney General Pam Bondi issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day:
“We owe a great debt to our service men and women that we can never repay. Many never made it home. Others carry with them wounds that will last a lifetime. All selflessly served to make our lives better and they deserve our utmost honor, gratitude and respect. This Veterans Day, please take a moment to reflect on the courage and sacrifice of these exceptional men and women—appreciate our freedoms and thank our veterans for their service.”
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Consumer Protection Assistant Attorney Laura Boeckman and Financial Investigator Tracy McIntosh attended the Town Hall Recovery Workshop in Mexico Beach last weekend. The event brought together agencies in an effort help enhance recovery efforts for the victims of Hurricane Michael.
Attorney General Bondi's continues to fight fraud and price gouging in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. For more information, click here.