Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 55 • January 27, 2012

Dr. Jose Carlos Menendez-Campos, a Seminole County physician, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for his role in a prescription pill trafficking operation. This illegal operation was responsible for distributing large quantities of prescription pills throughout western Florida. Campos pled guilty in October 2011 to conspiring to traffic in 28 grams or more of oxycodone, and he was prosecuted by our Office of Statewide Prosecution.

As we continue the battle against prescription drug abuse in Florida, it is important to remember that people’s lives are being destroyed by their addictions.

I recently read a story in the Tampa Bay Times about a young mother, Stacy, who was addicted to oxycodone and was struggling to regain control of her life. The article paints a vivid picture of the devastating effects that prescription drugs can have on those who are addicted and their loved ones.

Fortunately, Stacy’s story ends well; however, many stories of those addicted to prescription drugs do not. Stacy’s story was touching, and I encourage everyone to read the article. The story illuminates the need for our state to help prevent prescription drug abuse.

Follow this link to read the complete story on Stacy Nicholson: http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/article1206405.ece

In the News
Miami Herald - Bondi: Fla. recovered $142 mil. In Medicaid claims
Newsmax - Florida AG Bondi: ‘We Need a Resolution’ on Obamacare
Sun Sentinel - Delray Beach firm accused of false advertising
Orlando Sentinel - Bondi Proposal on Timeshare Fraud Passes Key Committee

Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Bondi’s Priority Consumer Protection Legislation Passes First Stop in the Florida House of Representatives

Attorney General Pam Bondi issued the following statement on the unanimous passage of the “Timeshare Resale Accountability Act,” House Bill 1001 in the House of Representative’s Business and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee. House Bill 1001 is sponsored by Representative Eric Eisnaugle; the bill’s counterpart, Senate Bill 1408, is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Andy Gardiner.

“Timeshare resale fraud is my office’s number one complaint and this good bill will protect timeshare owners from deceptive and unfair marketing practices that attempt to defraud consumers,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I applaud Representative Eric Eisnaugle and the House of Representative’s Business and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee for unanimously passing this bill today.”

Attorney General Bondi Releases Statement on Passage of Timeshare Resale Accountability Act in Senate Regulated Industries Committee

Attorney General Pam Bondi issued the following statement on the unanimous passage of the “Timeshare Resale Accountability Act,” Senate Bill 1408, in the Senate Regulated Industries Committee. Senate Bill 1408 is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Andy Gardiner; the bill’s counterpart, House Bill 1001, is sponsored by Representative Eric Eisnaugle.

“I am grateful to Senate Majority Leader Gardiner for his leadership and to the Senate Regulated Industries Committee for their support of this bill that will help eliminate misleading marketing targeted at timeshare owners,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Attorney General Pam Bondi Sues Delray Beach Company for Defrauding Consumers

Attorney General Pam Bondi has sued Scammer Guard, LLC, and its principal, Frank Esposito, for falsely advertising scam protection services. The lawsuit alleges that Scammer Guard told consumers they were affiliated with the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the Federal Trade Commission, and other government agencies to obtain consumer refunds, and claimed to have access to “special” information regarding obtaining these funds. The company also allegedly claimed to be conducting the investigations on behalf of these government agencies. Click here for full release.



Events
Emergency Medicine Days
On Tuesday, Attorney General Bondi spoke to doctors at the Emergency Medicine Days meeting. Attorney General Bondi was honored to be among professionals who save the lives of Floridians.

Florida Land Council

Attorney General Bondi visited with members of the Florida Land Council on Wednesday and shared her legislative priorities.

National Association of Attorneys General Southern Region Disaster Preparedness Conference

This week Attorney General Bondi attended the National Association of Attorneys General Southern Region Disaster Preparedness Conference. The conference was a great way to share best practices and collaborate with other attorneys general to ensure that there are sufficient plans and procedures in place to keep our offices running smoothly during an emergency.