Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
Solving crime is just one facet of justice. Victims can carry physical and emotional scars with them for years. That is why I am grateful for those who dedicate their lives to caring for victims and helping them find the other facet of justice, healing. This week, along with Governor Rick Scott, I recognized crime victims, their families and those who work tirelessly to assist them at an awards ceremony. We honored first responders and victim advocates from across the state for their efforts in protecting and counseling victims of crime—seven remarkable individuals received awards. To watch the full ceremony, click here.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week offers an opportunity to strengthen our partnerships and to highlight the collaborative approaches that are vital to reaching victims early and establishing trust. Local communities play an integral part of providing crime victims with the support and the resources they need to recover from crime.
Following the deadly attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, I witnessed first-hand, a community come together. The FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, local police departments, sheriff’s offices and numerous community organizations worked together to assist victims and their families. The partnerships forged by the overwhelming support for the victims continues today.
I am thankful for all who dedicate their lives to serving victims of crime, including those who rushed to the scene of tragedy following the Pulse nightclub attack. It was a pleasure to honor some of these individuals for their work helping victims in the aftermath of the attack. All our award recipients are exceptional and play a vital role in helping victims heal and I am eternally grateful for their service.
FHP Removes Dangerous Drugs From Florida Highways
Recently, teams from the Florida Highway Patrol’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and Criminal Interdiction Unit hosted a week-long Commercial Motor Vehicle Drug Interdiction Assistance Program with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. The program trains law enforcement on how to detect and apprehend transporters and/or users of illicit contraband engaged in commercial vehicle operations on Florida’s roadways. The program concluded with Operation Ground Up, an enforcement detail in the Ft. Myers region, which resulted in multiple drug arrests and seizures.
“This well-executed operation seized massive quantities of dangerous drugs before they could be sold on our streets and poison our citizens,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. “Our nation is battling a national opioid epidemic, and I want to thank FHP, FDLE, DEA and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office for this coordinated effort to stop the influx of deadly drugs into Florida.” More.
Former Home Healthcare Employee Arrested for Medicaid Fraud
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Daytona Police Department arrested a Flagler County resident for more than $2,000 in Medicaid fraud. Ruth Sylvester Marsh, 56, is a former provider of homemaker and in home support services. According to the MFCU investigation, Marsh submitted service logs for services not provided. Marsh allegedly billed for services performed at times the recipient traveled out of town or was with family. Additionally, Marsh’s service logs reflect some of the same dates and times Marsh worked at a school as a teacher’s aide. More.
CONSUMER ALERT: It’s Time to Evaluate Your Flood Insurance Coverage Before the
Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier is encouraging consumers to have flood insurance protection in place for their homes and businesses prior to the start of this year’s hurricane season. A basic homeowners insurance policy does not provide coverage for flooding. This coverage must be purchased separately through either the federally-administered National Flood Insurance Program or a private insurance company. More.
Attorney General Pam Bondi thanking the legislature for introducing a resolution acknowledging the horrific abuse of the children at the Dozier School for Boys.
Attorney General Bondi visiting with members of the White House Boys from the Dozier School for Boys.
Attorney General Bondi speaking to members of Leadership Tampa Bay in the state Capitol.
Attorney General Bondi leading the opening prayer at the Legislative Prayer Breakfast. Former United States Senator Connie Mack III delivered the keynote address at the prayer breakfast.
Attorney General Bondi joining Governor Rick Scott to proclaim April 2-8, 2017 as National Crime Victims’ Week. To view the proclamation, click here.
Jeri Eubanks, victim advocate with the State Attorney’s Office in the Seventh Judicial Circuit, receiving the 2016 Distinguished Victim Services Award.
Stephanie Marino, with Christ Church of Orlando, receiving the 2016 Distinguished Victim Services Award.
Joel Morales, victim service advocate with the Orlando United Assistance Center, receiving the 2016 Distinguished Victim Services Award.
Leidy Patino, Senior Legal Assistant with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, receiving the 2016 Distinguished Victim Services Award.
Detective Yulieth Ortiz, with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, receiving the 2016 Distinguished Victim Services Award.
Detective Ross Partee with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, receiving the 2016 Distinguished Victim Services Award.
Officer David Starke with the Ormond Beach Police Department, receiving the 2016 Distinguished Victim Services Award.
The Florida Constitution Revision Commission convened Thursday in Miami at the Florida International University and Friday in Boca Raton at the Florida Atlantic University. Attorney General Bondi is honored to sit on the 37-member Commission that convenes every 20 years to review and propose changes to Florida’s Constitution.
Team Statewide Conspires Against Cancer participating in the Fort Myers Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. Members of the team include staff from Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution. Attorney General Bondi commends the team for raising more than $8,600 for cancer research.