Florida is home to more than three million seniors. Many retire to Florida, bringing with them a lifetime of memories, wisdom and their life savings. Too often scammers target our seniors in an effort to steal their hard-earned retirement money. This is despicable.
Our seniors deserve honor and respect. They served in WWII and Korea, made the economy boom and played a major role in strengthening our state and nation. Anyone who preys on these great citizens in their golden years is lower than dirt, and my office will aggressively investigate anyone targeting them.
Just this week, working with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, we stopped a scam targeting Spanish-speaking seniors in grocery store parking lots. The scammers claimed to have a winning lottery ticket that they could not claim because of immigration status.
According to the investigation, once the defendants convinced a victim to help—they asked to borrow collateral in the form of cash or jewelry, in order to claim the prize. In total, the defendants are charged with stealing more than $150,000 in cash and $34,000 in jewelry from more than a dozen victims in their 60s to late 80s.
My Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute these defendants to the fullest extent of the law and I want to thank Sheriff Chad Chronister and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for fighting fraud and protecting seniors.
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“These charges are despicable. That anyone would prey on seniors to steal their hard-earned money is outrageous. My Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute these defendants to the fullest extent of the law and I want to thank Sheriff Chad Chronister and the great men and women at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for their work to fight fraud and protect seniors,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. More.
Attorney General Bondi Announces Settlement with Citibank for Manipulating Interest Rate Benchmarks
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced a multistate settlement with Citibank. Based upon the business they conducted with Citibank, Florida governmental entities and nonprofits will receive approximately five million dollars from the settlement, which resolves allegations of unlawful conduct involving the U.S. Dollar LIBOR. The LIBOR is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a widespread impact on global markets and consumers financial transactions.
The investigation, conducted by a working group of 42 state attorneys general and spearheaded by a group of eight lead states that include Florida, revealed that Citibank manipulated LIBOR in several ways. First, Citibank employees improperly made internal requests for LIBOR submissions to benefit Citibank’s trading position. At times, Citibank’s USD LIBOR submitters also asked Citibank personnel in other units of the bank to avoid offering higher rates than Citibank’s USD LIBOR submissions. Lastly, Citibank, on occasion, expressed belief that other banks made USD LIBOR submissions inconsistent with the banks borrowing rates and contributed to inaccurate LIBORs. More.
Attorney General Bondi Recognizing the Anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Attack
Attorney General Pam Bondi recognizing the two-year anniversary of the deadly attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that claimed the lives of 49 people and injured 58 others:
“Two years ago today, Florida witnessed evil and bloodshed beyond belief. We continue to honor the memory of the 49 innocent lives taken, 58 injured and the bravery of the first responders who ran toward the carnage to help save lives. As we assisted the victims in the aftermath of the attack, I was in awe by the outpouring of support from people around the world who wanted to help Orlando heal. My office is still assisting victims of this tragedy, and we continue to stand united with Orlando and our entire LGBTQ community.”