Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 45 • November 18, 2011

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced their decision to hear the federal health care challenge. I am pleased that they have granted certiorari in the States' challenge to the federal health care law. Throughout this case, we have urged swift judicial resolution because of the unprecedented threat that the individual mandate poses to the liberty of Americans simply because they live in this country.

We are hopeful that by June 2012 we will have a decision that protects Americans' liberties and limits the federal government's power. We look forward to presenting oral argument and defending our position that the individual mandate is unconstitutional, that the entire law fails if one part fails, that the Anti-Injunction Act does not apply, and that Medicaid's expansion is unlawfully coercive.

In the News
Fox Business - Attorney General Bondi Speaks with Lou Dobbs about Health Care
USA Today - Doctors see surge in newborns hooked on mothers’ pain pills
New York Times - Justices to Hear Health Care Case as Race Heats Up
Sunshine State News - Assisted Living Care Administrator Charged with Medicaid Fraud

Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office and the Miami-Dade Police Department Arrest Man for Defrauding Medicaid Out of More Than $45,000

Attorney General Bondi announced on Wednesday that a Miami-Dade County assisted living facility administrator is in custody after being charged with defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $45,000. Eldridge Charles Pratt, 73, was arrested by the Miami-Dade Police Department on a felony warrant by Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Mr. Pratt is charged with Medicaid fraud, grand theft and organized scheme to defraud, all second-degree felonies. If convicted, he faces up to 45 years in prison and more than $150,000 in fines. The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution. For the full release, click here.

Attorney General Pam Bondi Announced that Court Upholds Florida’s Drug Law

Attorney General Bondi announced that the Third District Court of Appeal ruled that reinforces the Attorney General’s Office legal analysis that Florida’s drug law is constitutional.

Attorney General Bondi stated “the decision strongly reaffirms the constitutionality of Florida's drug laws used by prosecutors and law enforcement officers in their daily battle against drugs.”

Principal of Investment Ponzi Scheme Sentenced to Federal Prison and Will Pay $19 Million in Restitution as a Result of Attorney General’s Office Investigation

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced on Friday that David Lewalski, the principal in the investment company Botfly LLC, was sentenced to a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. The Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit against Botfly and its principals in 2010, stopping the firm’s ponzi scheme and preserving $3.8 million in domestic assets and $1.1 million in foreign accounts for investors. As a result of the state’s litigation, Lewalski agreed to a consent judgment with our office ordering him to pay $19 million in restitution to consumers, which represents the full amount of their net losses. Click here to read the full release.


Attorney General Bondi, together with Governor Scott and the Florida Cabinet Honor the Florida Commission on the Status of Women

On Tuesday, Attorney General Bondi presented a resolution during the Cabinet meeting recognizing the 20th Anniversary of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission has been essential in raising the awareness of women’s accomplishments in Florida and providing resources on issues unique to women, and Attorney General Bondi thanked them for their enthusiasm and resolve.

Attorney General Bondi Recognizes World Prematurity Day

Attorney General Bondi, along with Governor Scott and the Florida Cabinet, recognized November 2011 as Prematurity Month and November 17 as World Prematurity Day to raise awareness of the serious issue of premature births in Florida. The Governor and Cabinet also recognized the March of Dimes for their efforts in the fight against premature birth and other serious threats.

Attorney General Bondi Receives 2011 Leadership Award from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators

On Wednesday, Attorney General Bondi spoke to attendees at the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators Annual Conference. Attorney General Bondi commended them for their dedication to preventing prescription drug diversion and protecting Americans from prescription drug abuse. She was honored to be presented with their 2011 Leadership award.

Attorney General Bondi Joined Mrs. Holly Petraeus to Meet with Members of Military in Jacksonville

Attorney General Bondi joined Mrs. Holly Petraeus and others to meet with members of the military in Jacksonville. She participated in a roundtable discussion regarding scams involving our military servicemen and servicewomen.

Attorney General Bondi Meets with Members of the Arthritis Foundation Florida Chapter

At the November 15th Cabinet meeting, Attorney General Bondi welcomed friends from Tampa, Janeen Stokes, her son, Jesse, and Jesse's Aunt, Cherlyn Stokes, who were in town for the Arthritis Foundation Florida Chapter, Annual Juvenile Arthritis Advocacy meeting. Janeen and Jesse both suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and Jesse is an advocate for Juvenile Arthritis.