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FRS Recoups $28 Million in Settlement

The Florida Attorney General’s Office announced a settlement in the qui tam fraud complaint filed against the Florida Retirement System’s custodian financial institution, the Bank of New York Mellon.  BNYM is accused of overcharging the FRS by millions of dollars.  This should be a relief for those of you in FRS.  According to a statement released by AG Pam Bondi: “Every penny that state and local employees entrust to Florida’s pension fund is hard-earned. Today, we announced that we reached a $28 million settlement with Florida’s custodian bank, the Bank of New York Mellon, resolving allegations that the bank overcharged the Florida Retirement System Trust Fund by millions of dollars … Continue reading

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Drug Deaths Decline in Florida

In September, the Florida Medical Examiners and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement disseminated the Drugs Identified in Deceased Persons Report for 2012.  The report identified 8,330 drug-caused and/or drug-related deaths in the 178,000 Floridians who died in 2012, as reported to the Office of Vital Statistics. The report cited 17.7% fewer drug-caused deaths in 2012 verses 2011, a decrease of 2,090 persons.  Drug-related deaths, where at least one legal or illegal drug was present in the decedent’s body but was not necessarily the cause of death, dropped 9.9% to 4,944.  Oxycodone killed 41.1% fewer Floridians in 2012.  Deaths attributed to alprazolam, diazepam, hydrocodone, and methadone decreased as well. Said … Continue reading

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FDLE and AG Announce Decline in Prescription Drug Deaths

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Attorney General’s Office have announced the first prescription drug death decline in ten years.  I reported in March 2012 about AG Pam Bondi’s efforts to curb prescription drug deaths through the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.  The FDLE, DEA, and local law enforcement have all collaborated to shut down pill mills, prosecute doctors abusing their authority, pulling the licenses of drug distributors and pharmacies who violate the law, and arresting abusers who violate the law.  Here is the press release from the AG’s Office: For the first time in nearly a decade, prescription drug-related deaths have declined. I joined Florida Department of … Continue reading

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AG’s Office Issues Brief on Concealed Firearms Carry

Last week, Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an amicus brief with the Florida Supreme Court in the case of Anthony Mackey v. State of Florida.  The Supreme Court will consider the direct conflict between Mackey v. State (Fl 3rd DCA 2012) and Regalado v. State (Fl 4th DCA 2010), which relates to concealed firearms carry.  The AG asks the Supreme Court to uphold the decision by the Third District Court of Appeal of Florida in this matter. The AG brief addresses the authority of a police officer to conduct an investigation of a person carrying a concealed firearm.  In short, on March 6, 2010, Miami Police Officer Alexander May observed … Continue reading

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The Untouchables Arrested in Florida/Kentucky Pill Mill Sting

A case from last week proves that slowing the sale of legal prescription pills for illegitimate purposes is more difficult than was thought.  Though Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi has made it a priority to shut down “pill mills,” and the illegal drug infrastructure they support, initial controls are not yet putting a squeeze on the flow. On 2/3/2012, Franklin County, Kentucky Sheriff Pat Melton announced the arrest of nearly 30 individuals wanted in the large scale distribution of Oxycodone and other pills obtained from Florida pharmacies.  It was called Operation Untouchable. The nickname for the criminal syndicate came from the wording “The Untouchables” and a photo of group members … Continue reading

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