Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 292 • June 10, 2016
Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing

It is officially hurricane season and this week’s landfall of Tropical Storm Colin in Florida serves as an important reminder to have a plan in place and be aware of storm-related scams. As Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in multiple counties in preparation for the impact of Colin, my office activated Florida’s price gouging hotline. State law prohibits the extreme increase in the price of essential commodities such as food, water, hotels, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment. Florida consumers need to be diligent during a declared state of emergency to ensure they do not become victims of price gouging. Taking advantage of consumers during a declared state of emergency is not only reprehensible, it is illegal and will not be tolerated. Anyone who suspects price gouging during a declared state of emergency should report it to my office by calling 1(866) 9-NO-SCAM.

Following the aftermath of Colin, I joined Governor Rick Scott in Tampa to thank law enforcement for their excellent service to Floridians in dealing with the tropical storm. I am grateful to all of our first responders for their dedication to protecting Floridians in the wake of this major storm, as well as each and every day.

As it is only the second week into this hurricane season and we have already experienced the landfall of a major storm, I urge Floridians to review my office’s 2016 Hurricane Preparedness Guide. This guide contains tips to prepare for a major storm, a supply checklist, warnings of potential storm-related scams and more. We cannot prevent hurricanes from hitting our state, but we can take precautions and plan ahead to prevent physical and financial harm.

In the News
Bondi joins suit against Delaware to reclaim money, Orlando Business Journal

Florida Crime Rate Drops Despite Increase in Rapes, Murder, (Associated Press), NBC Miami

Over 30 people arrested in health care fraud, officials say, WPBF

Attorney General Bondi activates price gouging hotline for Colin, WJXX Action News Jax

How to protect yourself from price gouging during emergency, WFTV

Governor, Attorney General thank first responders for work during tropical storm, Tampa Bay Times

Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Pam Bondi Appoints Amit Agarwal as Solicitor General
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the appointment of Amit Agarwal, 40, as Florida’s Solicitor General. Agarwal served as Deputy Chief to the Appellate Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida before being named Solicitor General. Previously, Agarwal clerked in the Supreme Court of the United States for Justice Samuel Alito and served as an attorney advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice. More.

More Than 30 Arrested in Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering Schemes

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Miami-Dade Police Department announced more than 30 arrests in connection to a long-term heath care fraud and money laundering investigation. The arrests include individuals from three separate organizations all using pharmacies set up for the specific purpose of defrauding the Medicare Part D Program.

“This was a complex scheme designed to defraud the Medicare program, hide the evidence and conceal the identities of those involved,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Thanks to the hard work of my Office of Statewide Prosecution and our local and federal partners, the targets of this investigation were arrested and the scheme stopped.”

Attorney General Bondi Thanks Chief Deputy Tyler Cathey for his Service

Attorney General Pam Bondi thanked Chief Deputy Tyler Cathey for his service and congratulated him on his new role at a nationwide commercial real estate and financial services firm headquartered in Tampa.

“I want to thank Tyler for his service as my Chief Deputy and congratulate him on his new role as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at a Tampa-based nationwide commercial real estate and financial services firm. Tyler’s passion for and commitment to the duties of the Office of the Attorney General will be greatly missed,” said Attorney General Bondi. More.

Fraud Prevention Seminar in Recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Members of Attorney General Pam Bondi's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit participated in the 2016 Fraud Prevention Seminar in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs in partnership with the Big Bend Fraud Task Force hosted the event on Friday, June 10, in Tallahassee.

MFCU employees explained the role and mission of MFCU to citizens and participants, including MFCU’s focus on protecting the elderly throughout Florida.