Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 159 • Nov. 15, 2013
Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing

The Florida False Claims Act empowers my office to take legal action against companies and individuals who defraud the government. This week, I announced that we reached an $11 million multi-state settlement with CA Technologies, which resulted from a lawsuit brought under state and federal false claims acts. This settlement provides relief to taxpayer-funded governmental entities that CA Technologies overcharged. The settlement amount is divided based on the number of transactions that each state had with CA Technologies, and affected Florida customers, which include school districts, libraries and state universities, will receive $300,000.

Today I had the distinct pleasure of attending Interconnect Cables’ expansion at Brooksville – Tampa Bay Regional Airport. I was honored to join Sareet Majumdar, CEO of ICTC, for their grand opening ceremony. The full service electronics contract manufacturer has truly been an exemplary business. Over the past five years, ICTC has doubled its workforce, doubled its revenue, and doubled its footprint. I thank Governor Rick Scott for his leadership in making Florida a business friendly state, so businesses, such as ICTC, can expand right here in our great state and create jobs.

What is most impressive about ICTC is that everyone who works there is so dedicated to the company’s mission, and Sareet’s motto, “business with a conscience,” is embraced by all. I joined all of the attendees in packaging food for hungry children and families. By participating in “Feeding Children Everywhere,” ICTC is showing by example how businesses can give back to the community.

In the News
Bondi supports American-US Airways merger; airline must keep Miami hub, Jacksonville Business Journal
CA Technologies to pay $11 million in multi-state, federal settlement, Legal Newsline

Valrico FishHawk Chamber Gets Visit From State Attorney General Pam Bondi, Osprey Observer

Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Pam Bondi Announces Airline Settlement that Supports Florida’s Economy and Provides Additional Consumer Choice for Air Travel
Attorney General Bondi announced that her office has reached an agreement over the proposed merger between US Airways and American Airlines. The agreement will help retain and create jobs in Florida, boosting the economy, and provide for excellent airline travel options for consumers. Under the agreement, New American will continue to operate a hub in Miami for three years and continue for five years to serve every airport in Florida now served by the two airlines. More

Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi File an Amicus Brief to Support Mississippi’s Lawsuit Against FEMA

Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi announced that Florida has filed an amicus brief supporting Mississippi’s lawsuit against the federal government’s unfair National Flood Insurance Program’s rate hike. More

Attorney General Bondi’s Office Arrests New Port Richey Resident for Medicaid Fraud

Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has arrested Dawn M. Poole for allegedly defrauding Florida’s Medicaid program out of more than $2,000. Poole was contracted to provide personal care and therapy services to a disabled adult, but it is alleged that she frequently left early or submitted billing on days she was not present.

Poole is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, a third-degree felony. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.

Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association
On Thursday, Attorney General Bondi spoke to members of the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association. Attorney General Bondi thanked them for their commitment to protecting their communities, and she shared her dedication to protecting Floridians.