Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 38 • September 30, 2011

As I shared with you on Wednesday, Florida and the 25 other states in our lawsuit challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision of the United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. This case is paramount in our history and will establish the boundaries of Congress' power as set forth in our Constitution.

Also on Wednesday, justice was finally served in the 1978 murder of Coral Gables Police Officer Louis Pena. The murderer, Manuel Valle, had been on death row for more than 30 years, and his sentence was finally carried out on Wednesday evening. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family.

In the News
LA Times - Fight over healthcare law heads toward Supreme Court
Chicago Tribune - Obama's healthcare law appealed to Supreme Court
On the Record with Greta Van Susteren - Multistate ‘Obamacare’ Challenge Supreme Court Bound?
Consumer Affairs - Internet Marketer To Pay $800,000 To Settle Florida Charges

Protecting Floridians
Home Health Aide Arrested for Defrauding Medicaid Out of More Than $26,000
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that on Wednesday a St. Lucie County resident was taken into custody after being charged with defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $26,000. Margo Marie Sheridan, 56, of Port St. Lucie, was arrested on a felony warrant by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with assistance from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheridan is charged with Medicaid fraud, a second-degree felony. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison and more than $100,000 in fines. The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.

Attorney General Bondi Speaks at James Madison Institute Luncheon
On Monday, Attorney General Bondi spoke to attendees at the James Madison Institute luncheon in Pensacola. She discussed the status of Florida’s health care lawsuit and its track to the U.S. Supreme Court.