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                                       Publication of the Office of the Attorney General • Volume 6, Issue 29 • July 18, 2008



                                                                   Weekly Message from Bill McCollum

                                                                   This month marks an important anniversary for
                                                                   Florida consumers. Our state’s Lemon Law
                                                                   Arbitration Program is celebrating 20 years of
                                                                   helping motorists who purchased defective new
                                                                   vehicles. I’m excited to announce that this service,
                                                                   jointly administered by the Attorney General's
                                                                   Office and the Department of Agriculture and
                                                                   Consumer Services, has helped over 14,000
                                                                   people recover more than $376 million in refunds
                                                                   and replacements for their “lemon” vehicles.

                                                                   Today I had the opportunity to meet and speak
                                                                   with the newest group of Lemon Law arbitrators in
                                                                   St. Petersburg who help consumers navigate this
                                                                   process. I was also able to meet two satisfied
                                                                   Lemon Law consumers – Cornell Foster and
                                                                   Nicholas Bralich. Mr. Foster received a refund for
                                                                   his 2006 BMW 325i because of recurring electrical
                                                                   malfunctions, and Mr. Bralich received a refund for
                                                                   his 2007 Chevrolet Corvette because of an
                                                                   intermittent engine delay. Each assured me the
                                                                   program had been extremely helpful in their
                                                                   situations.

                                                                   Florida's Lemon Law gives manufacturers a
                                                                   reasonable number of attempts to repair
                                                                   substantial defects in a motor vehicle. If
                                                                   manufacturers fail to do so, they are required to
                                                                   buy back the defective vehicle and either pay a
                                                                   refund to the consumer or provide a replacement
                                                                   vehicle. Consumers are protected under the
                                                                   Lemon Law for 24 months after the date of delivery
                                                                   of the vehicle.

                                                                   It is frustrating enough to have to deal with car
                                                                   trouble, let alone have to face complications over
                                                                   service on a brand-new vehicle that shouldn’t be
                                                                   having problems. I send my appreciation to the
                                                                   arbitrators who assist consumers with these
                                                                   challenges and who make Florida’s program an
                                                                   international model of consumer protection.

                                                                   As with the Lemon Law program, I am pleased to
                                                                   help Floridians with some of their most important
                                                                   needs. More information is available online at:
                                                                   http://myfloridalegal.com/lemonlaw.




                                      A Marion County man has been sentenced to five years in prison for traveling to




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                                      meet someone he thought was a child, intending to have sex with that child.
                                      David Gerard Godbey was arrested during a July 2007 undercover internet
                                      operation in Polk County and pleaded guilty last Friday to using a computer to
                                      seduce a child and transmitting materials harmful to a child. His five-year prison
                                      sentence will be followed by five years of supervised sex offender probation.
                                      Godbey was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide
                                      Prosecution.

                                      Attorney General Bill McCollum applauded a historic agreement reached
                                      between the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and the
                                      National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to limit the
                                      distribution of child pornography over the internet. “This agreement to crack
                                      down on the proliferation of child pornography is the first to be reached with an
                                      entire sector of the nation's communications industry, and I commend the
                                      parties involved for recognizing the urgent need to take all steps necessary to
                                      end this vile exploitation of our children.”

                                      Attorney General McCollum announced that a Seminole County man has been
                                      sentenced to just over two years in prison for traveling to meet someone he
                                      thought was a child, intending to have sex with that child. Sasha Barber was
                                      arrested during a July 2007 undercover internet operation in Polk County and
                                      pleaded guilty today to using a computer to seduce a child and attempted use
                                      of a computer for child exploitation. Barber was prosecuted by the Attorney
                                      General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and must register with the state as a
                                      sex offender after he is released from prison.




                                      Celebrating its 20-year anniversary, Florida's Lemon Law Arbitration Program
                                      has surpassed the $376 million mark in refunds and replacements for
                                      consumers who bought incessantly defective new vehicles. At a St. Petersburg
                                      training session for the program’s arbitrators, Attorney General McCollum
                                      announced that over the past 20 years, the Lemon Law program has produced
                                      refunds or replacement vehicles for more than 14,000 consumers.




                                      Attorney General McCollum announced the arrest of a Broward County woman
                                      on charges she abused an elderly woman under her care. Paulette Noble was
                                      arrested this morning by law enforcement officers with the Attorney General's
                                      Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

                                      Attorney General McCollum announced that a Broward county woman has
                                      been taken into custody on charges she falsified claims for approximately
                                      $14,000 to the Florida Medicaid program. Jill Cohen was arrested this morning
                                      by law enforcement officers with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control
                                      Unit.

                                      Attorney General McCollum joined members of the Mortgage Fraud Task Force
                                      in Miami-Dade County in announcing the arrests of 14 members of a criminal
                                      mortgage fraud operation that defrauded several financial institutions out of
                                      more than $17 million. The arrest warrants were issued following a 10-month
                                      investigation conducted by the Miami-Dade Police Department's Mortgage
                                      Fraud Task Force, the United States Secret Service and the Attorney General's
                                      Office of Statewide Prosecution. The individuals are facing charges of
                                      racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, mortgage fraud, grand theft,
                                      identity theft and money laundering.




                                      Attorney General McCollum announced that Florida will receive a total of $21.5
                                      million as part of a global settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and
                                      its former wholly-owned subsidiary Apothecon, Inc. The global settlement total,
                                      which includes Medicaid amounts for all of the participating states, is $389
                                      million plus interest. The settlement resolves allegations of illegal drug
                                      marketing and pricing of prescription medications. Florida’s participation in the
                                      suit was handled by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.




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                                      Ocala Man Gets 5 Years for Traveling to Meet Child for Sex

                                      Sarasota County RV Park Resolves Civil Rights Investigation with Former Park
                                      Resident

                                      Florida Attorney General Recovers $21.5 Million from Bristol-Myers Squibb in
                                      Medicaid Settlement

                                      Private Care Aide Arrested for Abusing Elderly Victim

                                      Occupational Therapist Arrested for Falsifying Claims to Medicaid

                                      Florida's Lemon Law Program Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary, Passes $376
                                      Million Mark in Consumer Restitution

                                      Statement from Attorney General McCollum on Historic Agreement to
                                      Strengthen Fight Against Child Pornography

                                      Statement on the Fatal Shooting of Fort Myers Police Officer

                                      Oveido Man Gets 2 Years for Traveling to Meet "Child" for Sex

                                      Miami-Dade Mortgage Fraud Task Force Announces Series of Arrests in $17
                                      Million Mortgage Fraud Enterprise




                                      Attorney General Bill McCollum's bi-weekly audio message for this week is
                                      available online at the following link: http://www.clickcaster.com/billmccollum.




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