Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing


Protecting Florida’s consumers is an around the clock job. My investigators know this and aggressively pursue scam artists who target Floridians. This week we celebrated their work and National Consumer Protection Week by highlighting some recent victories for Florida consumers, current scams and tips to avoid becoming a victim.

Since 2011, my office has conducted hundreds of investigations and recovered billions of dollars for Floridians. My Consumer Protection Division enforces Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and, where possible, helps secure restitution for victims of consumer fraud and other prohibited acts under FDUTPA.

While we have celebrated tremendous victories for Florida consumers, our work is far from over. New scams are emerging. Tech scams target our seniors with fraudulent pop-up ads claiming the user’s computer is infected with malware. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch illegitimate products and services. Identity thieves are trying to steal taxpayers’ returns and financial information. That is why, we are reaching out to Floridians directly on Twitter, with tips to help them better protect themselves from scams.

Whether it is homeowners victimized by unfair mortgage servicing practices or people being exploited by price gougers during a state of emergency, we work tirelessly to protect all consumers. This Consumer Protection Week, I want to thank the hard-working people in my Consumer Protection Division for their unwavering dedication to stopping deceptive and unfair business practices—but we cannot help, unless we hear from you.

I want to encourage anyone who believes they are the victim of a scam to call my office at (866) 9-NO-SCAM.
Pam Bondi
Protecting Floridians
New Report Highlights More than $165 Million in MFCU Recoveries

A newly released report shows Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is recovering millions of lost Medicaid dollars. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General report highlights more than $165 million in recoveries by the MFCU during federal fiscal year 2015-2016.

“My Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigators work tirelessly to stop Medicaid fraud and recover stolen funds for taxpayers,” said Attorney General Bondi. “This report sends the strong message that we will continue to aggressively pursue anyone trying to defraud Florida’s Medicaid program.”
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Certified Nursing Assistant Arrested for Abuse of a Disabled Adult

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Baker County Sheriff’s Office arrested a certified nursing assistant for abuse of a disabled adult. Emily S. Martin, 21, is a Baker County resident formerly employed as a CNA at Northeast Florida State Hospital. According to the MFCU investigation, Martin grabbed and shoved a disabled patient at Northeast Florida State Hospital in a forceful manner, inflicting physical harm on the victim.
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Events
Attorney General Pam Bondi in the Florida House with Governor Rick Scott, Lt. Governor Lopez-Cantera, fellow Cabinet members Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and the state legislature to mark the beginning of Florida’s 2017 Legislative Session.

Attorney General Bondi speaking at Florida TaxWatch's State of the Taxpayer Dinner about efforts to fight crime and ensure Florida is a safe place to do business.


Attorney General Bondi with Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro and TaxWatch Chairman David Mann at the State of the Taxpayer Dinner.


Attorney General Bondi thanking Palm Beach County firefighters for their service protecting their communities.



Attorney General Bondi with State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit, Dave Aronberg, and members of the Palm Beach County community visiting the capitol for Palm Beach County Days.




Attorney General Bondi visiting with Senate Pages. As part of the Senate Pages Program, high-school students from across Florida get a hands-on experience helping legislators during the state’s legislative session. For more information about the program, click here.




Attorney General Bondi convening a meeting of the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking in Tallahassee. The 15-member council, chaired by Attorney General Bondi, builds on existing state and local partnerships working to make Florida a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking. To view the full meeting, click here.



At the council meeting, Stephanie Smith with Uber Technologies, shared the company’s Human Trafficking Driver Awareness and Education Initiative. As chair of the council, Attorney General Bondi thanks Uber for recent actions to help catch human traffickers and save victims.


Attorney General Bondi meeting with Master Sergeant George Vera and his family. Master Sergeant Vera received the Purple Heart for his service to the United States. During an invasion of his base by suicide bombers, Master Sergeant Vera suffered spinal cord injuries while pulling injured U.S. soldiers to safety. Master Sergeant Vera and his family will be receiving a mortgage-free home in Tampa from Building Homes for Heroes. For more information on Master Sergeant Vera, click here.