Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing

Last Sunday, Clay County Deputy Ben Zirbel sustained critical injuries from a motorcycle accident. Just three days later, we learned that he passed away from those injuries. Every time I hear about a brave law enforcement officer getting critically injured while protecting our communities, it takes my breath away. My deepest sympathies go out to Deputy Zirbel’s family, friends and the entire Clay County law enforcement community.

May you rest in peace deputy.

This week, we filed legal action against a Florida travel agency that collected millions from consumers, then failed to provide promised vacations. Legendary Journeys, a now-shuttered Sarasota-based travel agency, still owes customers nationwide more than $3 million in refunds.

According to our legal complaint, Legendary Journeys and two of the company’s officers misappropriated company assets for personal benefit before closing, then filed an assignment for the benefit of creditors—a legal proceeding similar to bankruptcy. The defendants took money paid by consumers for vacation packages and used it to pay personal expenses and make extra payroll distributions.

Consumers nationwide made more than 800 claims against Legendary Journeys, totaling more than $3 million. The company promised to refund consumers, but assets are estimated at this time to be insufficient to pay creditors in full.

This is unacceptable. People plan and save for years in order to take a family vacation and it is disgraceful that anyone would take their hard-earned money and then ruin their plans. My office is seeking permanent injunctive relief, restitution and the imposition of civil penalties and fees against the defendants. We will not allow anyone to rip off travelers and ruin family vacations.

Pam Bondi
Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Bondi Urges Congress to Close Deadly Fentanyl Loophole

Attorney General Pam Bondi, as part of a bipartisan group of 52 attorneys general, sent a letter to Congress in support of The Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues Act. If passed, the SOFA Act would close a loophole that allows those who traffic deadly fentanyl to stay a step ahead of law enforcement.

Fentanyl is currently a Schedule II controlled substance and when used as prescribed by a doctor, can be a safe painkiller. Outside of careful supervision, however, illicitly manufactured fentanyl and its analogues are often lethal when taken directly or when mixed with other drugs. More.

Attorney General Bondi Offers Consumer Tips for Senior Citizens Day

Tuesday was National Senior Citizens Day and Attorney General Pam Bondi offered tips for senior citizens to avoid falling victim to scams. Many Florida residents and visitors are senior citizens and there are several scams that specifically exploit seniors.

Common scams targeting older Floridians include imposter scams, such as scams targeting grandparents or older utility customers, contractor and home repair scams, computer repair scams and other identity theft-related scams. Imposter scams vary but all involve scammers who remain anonymous and alter the caller identification to pose as other individuals, agencies or companies. For example, in grandparents scams, imposters pose as law enforcement officers or attorneys and call grandparents claiming a grandchild is in jail, then demand immediate payment to bail the grandchild out of jail. In utility scams, imposters claim to be from a utility company and threaten to turn off the power, gas or water unless immediate payment is made. More

FDLE arrests Hillsborough County man on dozens of child pornography counts

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Michael Elder, 40, of 1009 West US Highway 92, Seffner, Florida, for 50 counts of possession of child pornography.The investigation began after agents received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an individual was uploading child pornography. Through investigative efforts, agents found numerous images and videos of child pornography that included children as young as six months of age engaged in various sex acts. Elder was arrested by FDLE agents this afternoon at his residence. He was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail. The case will be prosecuted by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution. More

Attorney General Pam Bondi co-hosting Fox News The Five this week with Juan Williams, Jesse Watters, Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld. To watch click here and here.

Attorney General Bondi also joined host Sean Hannity on his Fox News show Hannity.