Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 341 • May 19, 2017
Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing

Our great state is home to more than 90,000 active duty and reserve military members and more than 1.5 million veterans. Most of us try to do what we can to show them our appreciation for their sacrifice and service. Unfortunately, there are scammers who specifically target these brave men and women because of their service.

This week I launched a new initiative called the Military and Veteran Assistance Program. MVAP will provide resources and information to military and veteran offices and organizations across the state, help service members and veterans learn how to protect themselves from scams and encourage consumers to report military and veteran specific scams to my office. The MVAP team, some of whom are former military, will also focus on outreach and education efforts, while providing both internal and external assistance on consumer protection-related issues. To learn more about this new program, visit MyFloridaLegal.com/MVAP.

As Memorial Day approaches at the end of this month, I am honored to have the opportunity to assist our military and veteran heroes. We will continue to do everything we can to protect those who have done so much to protect our country and freedoms.

In the News
Pam Bondi wants to protect ‘military consumers’, Florida Politics, Saint PetersBlog

Florida's military, veterans getting more protection against scammers, WJXT News4Jax

Florida's AG launches consumer protection initiative to protect vets, military from scams, ABC Action News

ALERT: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Issues Warning About Tech Support Scammers, Space Coast Daily

Federal and State Justice officials cracking down on scam artists, CBS 12

Florida Highway Patrol welcomes new class of state troopers, WCTV

Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Bondi’s Statement on Sheriff David Gee’s Retirement Announcement


Attorney General Bondi released the following statement following the announcement that Hillsborough County Sheriff’s David Gee plans to retire:

“For nearly four decades, Sheriff David Gee has served the citizens of Hillsborough County with humility, integrity and selflessness—sacrificing so much to protect the community we love. His dedication has earned him the reputation of being one of the hardest working, trustworthy and respected leaders in Florida. To this day, Sheriff Gee will still stop to assist a stranded motorist, or go out of his way help anyone in need. He is known for his soft-spoken, strong leadership and genuine compassion for the people he has sworn to protect. His career exemplifies what it means to be a servant-leader.

I am blessed to call Sheriff Gee one of my dearest friends and most trusted advisers. I so greatly admire the sacrifices both he and his wife, Rhonda, have made to ensure the safety and well-being of the people of Hillsborough County. His impact will last forever in our community.”


Manatee County Resident Arrested Again for Grand Theft and Exploitation of a Disabled Adult

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested David Makynen, a resident of Manatee County, for grand theft and exploitation of a disabled adult. Makynen, 30, is a former subcontractor for Side-by-Side Working Together. In February of this year, the MFCU and MCSO arrested the defendant for Medicaid fraud and grand theft related to services never rendered while subcontracted with a different at-home services provider.
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Owner Sentenced to More than 27 Years in Prison for Multi-Million Dollar Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme Involving Sober Homes and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Centers

Two owners of sober homes and alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers were sentenced to 27 and 3 years in prison, respectively, for their participation in a multi-million dollar health care fraud and money laundering scheme that involved the filing of fraudulent insurance claim forms and defrauded health care benefit programs.

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution assisted in the investigation. More.



Events
Attorney General Pam Bondi delivering the keynote address to the Florida Highway Patrol’s 135th Basic Recruit Class for graduation in Tallahassee. Attorney General Bondi congratulates these new troopers and thanks them for their willingness to serve and sacrifice to keep Floridians safe.




Attorney General Bondi standing with the Florida Highway Patrol Command Staff at the FHP graduation.



Attorney General Bondi convening Florida’s Statewide Council on Human Trafficking. Attorney General Bondi chairs the 15-member council that builds on existing state and local partnerships working to make Florida a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking. To watch the full council meeting, click here.



Attorney General Bondi is honored to have hosted this week’s news conference announcing her office’s new Military and Veterans Assistance Program at the Veterans Memorial Park and Museum in Tampa. The announcement took place at the park’s Vietnam Memorial.


Attorney General Bondi thanks honored guests for joining her at the Veterans Memorial Park and Museum to discuss military consumer protection efforts. Among the speakers were retired General Chip Diehl, retired Lieutenant Colonel Chris Hart, retired Colonel Carol Zieres and Director of Consumer and Veteran Services for Hillsborough County Frank Storm.



General Diehl, LTC Hart, Col Zieres


Attorney General Bondi standing with members of the National Guard, Purple Heart recipient Sgt. Major Rafael Candelario, General Diehl, LTC Hart, Col Zieres, Storm and Alex Srsic, who provides legal services to veterans in the Tampa Bay community.




Attorney General Bondi visiting with Marty Sullivan, a 83-year-old Navy veteran of the Korean War, who quit high school to enlist in the Navy instead of graduating in 1953. Sullivan worked as a fire control technician aboard the USS Strong,a Navy destroyer that launched attacks off the coasts of Japan and Korea during the Korean War. Sullivan volunteers at the Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum. Today, Sullivan received a full high school diploma from Newsome High School. Attorney General Bondi thanks Sullivan for his service to the country and congratulates Sullivan on his diploma.



Attorney General Bondi attending a meeting of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission at the Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. Attorney General Bondi is honored to sit on the 37-member Commission that convenes every 20 years to review and propose changes to Florida’s Constitution. To watch the full meeting on The Florida Channel, click here.



Attorney General Bondi thanking Jeanine Ramirez for her hard work volunteering with the Attorney General’s Office this summer.