Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
Today I announced efforts to spread awareness of human trafficking and call Floridians and travelers to action. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and in an effort to encourage people to learn how to identify the signs of human trafficking, I am launching a new website, YouCanStopHT.com. Additionally, starting this month, digital signs will be displayed throughout the Tampa International Airport encouraging travelers to visit the site for tools to spot human trafficking and report suspicious activity.
Many people will be traveling to Florida this weekend, especially to the Tampa Bay area. Having a high volume of visitors can attract traffickers. Thousands pass through the Tampa International Airport every day, and ensuring these travelers know how to identify a human trafficking victim and how to report the crime could save a life and free someone from abuse.
Florida is a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking, and I am asking you to take an active role in the fight by visiting YouCanStopHT.com and knowing the signs. Please join us in this fight to stop this abusive, demoralizing and violent crime in Florida and around the world.
Medicaid Provider Arrested for Fraud
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit announced the arrest of a Gadsden County resident for Medicaid provider fraud. Aretha Derrico, 44, is the owner of a home community based services company called Heavenly Choices. A complaint to the Attorney General’s fraud hotline initiated a Medicaid fraud investigation against Derrico for allegedly stealing more than $57,000 from the Florida Medicaid Program. According to the investigation, Derrico billed for services not provided and for services not authorized for reimbursement. More.
Attorney General Pam Bondi, with Governor Rick Scott, discussing the need for increased terrorism prevention efforts in Florida.