Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 50 • December 22, 2011

This holiday season we are reminded of our blessings as we gather with family and friends. This is a time to celebrate our faith and cherish one another’s company. I wish all of you a wonderful and joyous holiday.

In the News
Miami Herald - Oral argument dates set in Supreme Court review of healthcare reform
Bradenton Herald - Bondi offers fix for flawed Fla. religion proposal

Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Bondi’s Office Announces Arrest of Assisted Living Operator for Grand Theft and Exploitation of an Elderly and Disabled Adult
Attorney General Pam announced on Thursday the arrest of Joyce Daughtrey for grand theft and exploitation of an elderly and disabled adult. The defendant is charged with stealing $9,500 by withholding the victim’s social security funds and his personal allowance.

Daughtrey is charged with one count of grand theft and one count of exploitation of an elderly or disabled adult, both third-degree felonies. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The case is being prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the 2nd Judicial Circuit.

Attorney General Bondi’s Office and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Man for Abusing Adult with Disabilities

Attorney General Pam Bondi announces that the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Alonzo Travis, Jr., an employee at Horizons of Okaloosa County, on charges that he abused an adult with disabilities.

Travis was charged with two counts of abuse of a disabled adult, a third-degree felony. If convicted, he could receive up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the First Judicial Circuit.

Attorney General Pam Bondi Issues Statement on Department of Justice’s Selection of Auditing Firm to Conduct Gulf Coast Claims Facility Independent Evaluation

“We must ensure that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility claims process is transparent and fair, and today’s selection of an auditing firm to conduct an independent evaluation of the process is a great step forward for the Floridians who have suffered financial damages resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

“On multiple occasions, I implored Mr. Feinberg to agree to an audit of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility claims process to determine whether the claims process has been conducted fairly and in accordance with the law. I applaud the Department of Justice for its efforts in making this evaluation a reality.

“On behalf of Floridians, we provided significant input to the Department of Justice on what issues to address in the evaluation, including: discrepancies in payments to similarly situated claimants; the documentation required, including demands for duplicate or unnecessary documentation; whether delays in processing interim claim payments forced otherwise unwilling claimants to accept ‘quick pay’ or final payments; the treatment of different industries in terms of claims payments; and any application of geographic proximity rules or other artificial barriers to payment of appropriate claims.

“My office will closely monitor the evaluation, and we will work to ensure that any deficiencies in the claims process are corrected.

Men of Vision Brotherhood Service Organization
On Tuesday, Attorney General Bondi spoke to the Men of Vision Brotherhood Service Organization. The organization is involved in community outreach and offers mentor programs to middle and high school boys.