Protecting FloridiansAttorney General Bondi Announces the Convictions of Two Prescription Drug Traffickers in Southwest Florida
Attorney General Bondi announced the convictions of Celese Shere Gordon, 28, of Bradenton, and Lapar Donta Conley, 29, of Parrish, for Trafficking in Oxycodone and Conspiracy to Traffic in Oxycodone. Their drug trafficking activities were associated with the JW Wellness pain clinic in Tampa, which was closed by authorities earlier this year.
Gordon and Conley were prosecuted by the Office of Statewide Prosecution under the Attorney General’s Office. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation, which led to the seizure of hundreds of oxycodone pills and discontinued a major source of oxycodone in the Bradenton area. JW Wellness operated in Hillsborough County and was investigated for prescribing oxycodone to patients who knowingly submitted fraudulent medical records.
The trial was presided over by Judge Gilbert Smith of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit of Florida. Both defendants face up to 60 years in prison for their activities and the sentencing will occur at a later date.
Attorney General Bondi Announces Arrest of Caregiver for Exploiting 12 Disabled Adults
Attorney General Bondi announces that a Putnam County woman has been arrested on charges that she exploited twelve disabled adults. Nicole Hankerson was arrested by law enforcement officers with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with assistance from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
Hankerson was arrested and has been charged with twelve counts of exploitation of a disabled adult and one count of organized scheme to defraud, all third-degree felonies. If convicted on all charges, she faces up to 65 years in prison and a $65,000 fine. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the Seventh Judicial Circuit.
EventsAttorney General Bondi Speaks at Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Press Conference Announcing Cybercrime Arrests
On Thursday, Attorney General Bondi spoke at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s press conference applauding law enforcement’s successful six-month investigation resulting in 48 cybercrime arrests.