This morning I met with Kenneth Feinberg to share my disappointment with the oil spill claims process and request immediate changes so Floridians can receive the compensation they deserve. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill had far-reaching effects on Florida and other Gulf Coast communities, spanning from the tourism industry to the fishing industry and more. Hundreds of thousands of Floridians’ livelihoods have been devastated by the oil spill and compounded by a nearly halted claims process.
At my meeting with Mr. Feinberg, I emphasized three points: the need for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility to stop its foot-dragging and immediately begin making interim and final payments; the need for improved transparency of the GCCF process; and the need for better local, in-person assistance for claimants. In response, Mr. Feinberg assured me that the GCCF will begin issuing interim and final payments this weekend. He assured me that the payments or denials will be accompanied by an explanation, and he agreed to deploy additional accountants to help injured Floridians with their claims.
Promises were made to the people of Florida, and it is my duty to ensure these promises are kept.
On Thursday, the Attorney General’s Office participated in the Medicare Fraud Strike Force’s nationwide takedown of clinic owners and doctors who were charged with Medicaid and Medicare fraud. In total, 111 individuals were charged in fraud schemes totaling $225 million in false billing. We are proud to work with our federal and state partners to stop fraud. By working with other law enforcement agencies, we can uphold the law and protect our taxpayers.
Attorney General Bondi met with former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery. Attorney General Montgomery was the first female Attorney General of the state of Ohio. General Montgomery was also the first Republican attorney general in 24 years to hold the office.