Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
Every day, throughout our great country and in outposts around the world, brave Americans put on uniforms and take up arms in defense of our safety and our freedom. Some drive police cruisers to patrol American streets—others get behind the wheel of a Humvee or crawl into the cockpit of a B-2 Stealth Bomber far away from home.
These courageous men and women choose to serve—to risk their safety to protect our freedom—and this week, I was honored to join President Donald J. Trump as he signed legislation in support of our military veterans, law enforcement officers and their families.
At a bill signing ceremony in the White House, President Trump signed into law the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017 and the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2017. These bills will expedite the flow of federal benefits to law enforcement officers injured in the line of duty and for the families of fallen officers. The legislation will also allow grant money to be used to hire and train military veterans for careers in law enforcement.
These much-needed bills are aimed at helping those who sacrifice so much to keep us safe, and I am honored to join the President in support of our military and law enforcement heroes. It is because of them that we are free.
Prepare for Hurricane Season and Beware of Price Gouging
The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins this week and Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking Floridians to be prepared should a storm impact the state. As a peninsula state with warm waters, Florida is especially vulnerable to tropical storms and hurricanes, and Attorney General Bondi is encouraging citizens to review the 2017 Hurricane Preparedness Guide to prepare for a storm or common scams that could arise in the aftermath.
“Our Hurricane Preparedness Guide is full of helpful information and advice to better prepare for a storm and avoid common storm-related scams,” said Attorney General Bondi. “The best advice is to prepare now. Use our hurricane supply checklist and make sure you have enough food, water and supplies to support your family in the wake of a disaster.” More.
Six Arrested and One at Large for Card Skimming at Multiple Florida Gas Stations
Attorney General Pam Bondi, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen announced six arrests in connection to a credit card skimming scheme. According to the investigation, the defendants installed multiple skimming devices at various gas stations in Pinellas and Hillsborough County. In just a three-week period, the defendants allegedly stole more than 40 credit card numbers, using skimming devices at more than a dozen gas stations.
“Skimming devices installed at gas pumps can go undetected for weeks—giving criminals access to credit and debit card information of unsuspecting consumers,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Partnering with the Florida Department of Agriculture, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and local law enforcement agencies, arrests have been made and skimmers have been seized.” More.
Car Dealership Agrees to pay $5 Million in Debt Forgiveness
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office obtained a consent order to resolve a complaint filed against a Jacksonville car dealership and its president regarding the dealership’s misleading business and sales practices. The complaint alleges that Beach Blvd. Automotive used GPS tracking devices to track hundreds of purchased vehicles without consumer’s knowledge or consent to conduct unconscionable repossessions of vehicles. The defendants also allegedly created fake online profiles and, without consumer knowledge, used consumer data to post false positive comments online about the dealership. More.
Attorney General Pam Bondi attending the signing ceremony where President Donald J. Trump signed the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017 and the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2017 in the White House. To watch the bill signing ceremony from Fox 10, click here.
Attorney General Bondi kicking off the 32nd National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community. This two-day event in Orlando aims to promote positive solutions to overcome and eliminate crime-related issues affecting the black community. For additional information, visit PreventBlackCrime.com.
Attorney General Bondi sat down with Chris Cate from fluent in floridian to discuss the opioid crisis, human trafficking and much more. To listen to the full podcast, click here.