Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 44 • November 10 ,2011

I would like to thank our country's veterans for their dedication and commitment to the United States of America. It is due to veterans' selfless service that we enjoy the freedoms that we do today.

Tomorrow's Veterans Day holiday gives us an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices that the members of the Armed Forces have made on our behalf and to honor and thank them. To those of you who have served or currently serve our country, we are grateful to you.

We are blessed to have so many courageous, honorable, and patriotic men and women who protect us and our liberties.

As Florida is home to over 1.6 million veterans, please share your gratitude tomorrow.

In the News
Tampa Tribune - Tampa couple plead guilty to mortgage fraud
FOX News - Florida Getting Tough on Prescription Pill Epidemic

Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Bondi Announces Tampa Mortgage Fraud Guilty Pleas

Attorney General Bondi announced on Wednesday that a Tampa couple has pled guilty to a mortgage fraud racketeering conspiracy. David Barile, 44, and Melissa D. Barile, 35, both of Tampa, were involved in an $8.8 million mortgage fraud scheme prosecuted by the Office of Statewide Prosecution.

The Bariles pled guilty in Pinellas County in front of Circuit Court Judge Keith Meyer and will be sentenced at a later date. As part of their plea agreements, the Bariles will cooperate with authorities in the cases against their co-defendants. For the full release, click here.

Attorney General Bondi Speaks at the Verizon Wireless Domestic Violence Event

On Monday, Attorney General Bondi spoke at the Verizon Wireless Domestic Violence Event in Tampa. She applauded Verizon Wireless and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce for their efforts to raise awareness about domestic violence. The event focused on educating employers on how to identify and assist employees that may be victims of domestic violence.

Attorney General Bondi Speaks at Healthy Start Coalition in Tampa

Attorney General Bondi spoke to attendees at the Healthy Start Coalition in Tampa on Friday. Everyone needs a strong foundation to lead a happy and healthy life, and Attorney General Bondi thanked them for the work they do to help care for Florida’s mothers, parents, newborns and children. The Attorney General also shared her legislative proposals to assist babies born addicted to prescription drugs.