Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 360 • Sept. 29, 2017
Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing



Florida is in the midst of a national opioid crisis killing our citizens. That is why, this week, I was in Washington D.C. for a meeting of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Epidemic—to discuss strategies to stop addiction before it begins. To watch the full meeting, click here.

This crisis must be attacked on many fronts. So I am also working with five other attorneys general to lead a large coalition of states in a nationwide opioid investigation. Our investigation focuses on major manufacturers and distributors of opioids.

Earlier this month, we sent letters and subpoenas to industry leaders demanding information about potentially unlawful practices in the distribution, marketing and sale of opioids. This far-reaching multistate investigation is designed to get the answers we need as quickly as possible.

The industry must do the right thing. If they do not, we are prepared to litigate.

Finally, joining a separate coalition of attorneys general, I am asking the health insurance industry to examine policies to ensure they are not aiding in the national opioid crisis. Partnering with this coalition of attorneys general, we sent a letter to American’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry’s largest trade group, asking the group to do its part in combating the opioid epidemic.

To read the letter, click here.

I believe it will take an all-hands-on-deck approach to combat this crisis and that is why we are working with leaders from across the country and waging war on all fronts. Working together we can make a difference and safe lives.

In the News
Scott announces legislation, $50M to fight opioid epidemic, News4Jax
Two ex-prison COs, both KKK members, sentenced in murder plot of black inmate, (AP) Chipley Paper

2 ex-prison guards in KKK sentenced for plot to kill black inmate, WCTV

Opioid commission unveils new partnerships, drug supply limits to stop epidemic, CBS News

Florida state officials warn against charity scammers, News4Jax


Protecting Floridians

KKK Members Sentenced in Plot to Murder Former Inmate

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution secured the sentencing of two members of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan for conspiracy to commit first degree murder. The Honorable Wesley R. Douglas sentenced David Elliot Moran, 49, and Charles Thomas Newcomb, 45, both to 12 years in prison for plotting to kill a former inmate.

“Florida is a safer state with these Klansmen behind bars,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Hate groups have no place in a civilized society and when members of these organizations plot violence and murder—we will be there to ensure justice is served and our citizens are protected.”
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Events
Attorney General Pam Bondi, as part of the Conference of Western Attorneys General, hosting Mexican Attorneys General in Tampa for their annual CWAG Alliance Partnership and Allianza Estatal Binational Exchange. Attorney General Bondi, other state attorneys general and their counterparts from Mexico participated in discussions about cyber security, human trafficking, technology and law enforcement.


Attorney General Bondi visiting with members of CWAG and participants of the Exchange in Tampa.

Chad Chronister being sworn in as Hillsborough County Sheriff Friday morning at the Edgecomb Courthouse. The Honorable Ronald Ficarrotta, Chief Judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit of Florida, administered the oath. Attorney General Bondi congratulates Sheriff Chronister on his new appointment.


Attorney General Bondi reminds everyone that Florida’s 2017 Human Trafficking Summit is this coming Monday in Orlando. Attorney General Bondi looks forward to hosting the event that will bring hundreds of people together working to combat human trafficking.


Attorney General Bondi wants to thank Kym Oswald and all the incredible staff in our Citizen Services Office for tirelessly recording and working on more than 13,000 price gouging complaints related to Hurricane Irma. Their service on behalf of the citizens of our great state is appreciated.




If you have a price gouging complaint or witness a storm-related scam please call our hotline at 866-9NO-SCAM.