Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 306 • Sept. 16, 2016
Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing

Florida is a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking, and this week I conferenced with key members in the fight to end this horrific crime. Thursday, the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking’s Legislative and Special Initiatives Committee conferenced to discuss our continued work to help victims and survivors of trafficking and to ensure the criminals who target them are put behind bars. With the work of dedicated Floridians, including educators, law enforcement officers, lawmakers and survivors, we can achieve our mission to end human trafficking.

Awareness and knowing how to recognize a victim are key factors in the fight—that is why my office worked with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement this summer to update the two-hour human trafficking online training course for law enforcement officers. The course is now live, and more than 5,000 law enforcement officers have already taken the training.

Combating human trafficking is an all hands-on-deck effort, and I am excited to co-host Florida’s 2016 Human Trafficking Summit next month, bringing together those dedicated to the effort. This summit is a perfect example of the team work that will eradicate human trafficking in Florida. Hundreds of attendees will include community leaders, educators, healthcare providers, law enforcement, legislators, service providers and survivors.

My office, along with the Council, the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation, DJJ, DCF and the University of Central Florida are hosting this information-filled conference on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 in Orlando. Throughout the day, attendees will participate in targeted breakout sessions, workshops and training opportunities. I urge those interested in attending the summit to visit to register.

In the News
Escambia Woman Charged With Stealing From Seven Disabled Adults, North Escambia

Court Upholds Efforts to Shut Down Tech Scam, North Country Gazette

Attorney General's Office Investigating Price Hiking Complaints After Hermine, WTXL

Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Bondi Takes Action Against Jewelry Companies

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced an action taken against a Palm Beach jewelry store and the owner, Christopher Kaufmann, for deceptive jewelry consignment practices. Kaufmann operated under four business names that include Christopher Kaufmann; Christopher Kaufmann, Le Salon; CK Le Salon LLC; and Nikolas, LLC. Kaufmann’s operation is located in Palm Beach County’s prestigious Worth Avenue retail district.

According to the complaint, the stores led the consumers to believe that their high-end jewelry would sell for the amount listed in the consignment agreements. However, once consumers turned jewelry into the businesses, the stores purportedly failed to pay consumers the full amount agreed to in the consignment agreements.

Appeals Court Affirms Attorney General Bondi’s Efforts to Shut Down Tech Scam

The doors will remain shuttered at a scam tech support company following a decision by the Fourth District Court of Appeal that keeps in place an earlier circuit’s ruling granting Attorney General Bondi’s motion seeking to preliminarily enjoin E-Racer Tech, LLC and owner, James N. Veser from doing business and freezing assets.

Consumer complaints allege that E-Racer Tech used misleading marketing tactics that included pop-ups and loud warnings on computers, as well as deceptive diagnostic sales pitches, all designed to deceive the victims of the scam into believing that their computers were severely compromised. The pop-up advertisements that suddenly appeared on consumers' computers urged them to call a toll-free number for immediate technical support.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Hagerenesh Simmons, a member of Attorney General Pam Bondi's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, teaching at the National Health Care Fraud Training Conference in Washington D.C. The conference invited Simmons to present due to her success as a prosecutor for Attorney General Bondi’s MFCU Team 605, part of the federal Health Care Fraud Task Force in Miami.