Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
Master Sgt. Debra Clayton and Deputy Norman Lewis
The year has just begun and sadly our state has already lost two brave law enforcement officers. Master Sergeant Debra Clayton of the Orlando Police Department and Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Norman Lewis died in the line of duty this week.
Master Sgt. Clayton was a dedicated law enforcement officer and a friend. She worked tirelessly to help children from low-income families and advocated for preventing crime in the black community. Sgt. Clayton touched many lives and I am heartbroken at the loss of such a courageous, dedicated law enforcement hero.
Deputy Lewis was also a dedicated law enforcement officer who worked to improve the lives of the people he was sworn to protect and serve. Deputy Lewis made friends everywhere he went and was known for his positive attitude and commitment to ensuring Floridians and our visitors were safe on the road.
Tragically, Deputy Lewis lost his life in a traffic crash while participating in the manhunt for the suspect in Sgt. Clayton’s murder.
I will be forever grateful for both of these brave officers who selflessly put their lives on the line. My deepest condolences are with the families and friends of Sgt. Clayton and Deputy Lewis, and our entire law enforcement community.
Another Orlando Police Officer suffered serious injuries participating in the manhunt, and as the search continues, my prayers and gratitude are with all law enforcement officers who willingly risk their lives daily to protect their communities.
Attorney General Bondi Announces Multimillion Dollar Settlement with Irish Pharmaceutical Company
Attorney General Pam Bondi is joining the federal government in a multistate settlement with Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC and other subsidiaries of Shire plc. Shire plc is a multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Ireland, with United States operations headquartered in Lexington, Mass. The agreement in principle settles allegations that Shire and the company it acquired in 2011, Advanced BioHealing, employed kickbacks and other unlawful methods to improperly promote a medical device called Dermagraft. Dermagraft is a bioengineered human skin substitute approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. More.
Attorney General Bondi and OFR Reach Multimillion Dollar Settlements with Online Lender
Attorney General Pam Bondi and Office of Financial Regulation Commissioner Drew Breakspear announced coordinated settlements with the operators of an online lending scheme. The operators of the alleged scheme are Western Sky Financial, LLC, CashCall, Inc., WS Funding, LLC, Delbert Services Corporation and John Paul Reddam, who is President, CEO, owner and director of CashCall. Attorney General Bondi and OFR filed a joint action against the lenders in Hillsborough County Circuit Court. OFR also filed a separate administrative case. More.
Mulitple Arrests in Mail Theft Scheme
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, the U.S. Postal Inspector Service and the Coral Springs Police Department announced the arrests of multiple individuals in connection to a string of mail thefts from post office boxes of Coral Springs residents.
According to the investigation, the defendants took letters containing checks deposited in the U.S. Mail. After illegally removing the letters from the stream of transit, the defendants allegedly removed all written information from the checks, leaving only the pre-printed information. The defendants then allegedly wrote in their own name and a higher amount and deposited the checks into their bank accounts. More.
Escambia County Licensed Mental Health Counselor Arrested
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of an Escambia County licensed mental health counselor for Medicaid provider fraud. Walter David Robinson, 65, is the owner of A Better Choice Supports and Services, Inc. in Pensacola. A complaint to the Attorney General’s fraud hotline initiated a Medicaid fraud investigation against Robinson for allegedly stealing more than $22,000 from the Florida Medicaid program. According to the investigation, Robinson improperly billed Medicaid and failed to complete treatment of children with autism. More.
Attorney General Pam Bondi attending a screening of Operation Underground Railroad's The Abolitionists, hosted by Junior League Tampa and the FREE Network on Human Trafficking Awareness Day. The Abolitionists is a documentary about the anti-child trafficking efforts of O.U.R.'s Underground Jump Team as they liberate trafficked children throughout the world. At the event, Attorney General Bondi discussed efforts to make Florida a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking.
Julie Sercus, Assistant Statewide Prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution speaking at Pasco County's Second Annual 4 P's Panel on Human Trafficking.
Attorney General Bondi inducting new board members into the Military Officers Association of America’s Tampa Chapter. MOAA works to help service members, veterans and their families have all the opportunities to succeed.
Attorney General Bondi visiting with new and current members of the Military Officers Association of America.