As you know, stopping pill mills and halting the rise of prescription drug abuse has been a top focus as Florida's Attorney General. Recently, I was honored to talk to the St. Petersburg Times about the courage and dedication of the Meshad family in fighting against prescription drug abuse in the wake of the tragic death of their daughter, Brandi. This tragedy showed families across Florida and the nation how dangerous and accessible these drugs are.

The Meshad family has already been in action trying to stop the prescription drug epidemic. They came to Tallahassee to lobby for the passage of anti-pill mill legislation and have been active in the community educating other families on the dangers of these drugs, so that others do not have to experience the loss of someone they love due to prescription drug overdose.

Please read the article below to learn more about their important efforts and the remarkable effect they have had on their state and community.
Pam Bondi
Protecting Floridians
Hillsborough County Woman Arrested for Defrauding Medicaid

Due to an Attorney General’s Office Medicaid investigation, a Hillsborough County woman was arrested by deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office on charges of Medicaid Fraud. Norma Jean Hagadorn, 48, of Gibsonton, was taken into custody on a felony warrant for allegedly defrauding the Florida Medicaid program of approximately $2,700.00 between July and December 2009.

Hagadorn is charged with Medicaid Provider Fraud and Grand Theft, both third-degree felonies. If convicted, Hagadorn faces up to 5 years imprisonment and $5,000.00 in fines for each count. Hagadorn also may be held responsible for investigative costs and be excluded from further participation in the Medicaid program. The case is being prosecuted by the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office.