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Pam Bondi’s Office Arrests West Palm Beach Dentist on Medicaid Fraud and Grand Theft Charges

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has announced that her office has arrested a West Palm Beach dentist -- Dr. Thomas Floyd, 61 --on charges of Medicaid fraud, grand theft, and employing a person to perform duties outside the scope of their license.

Employing a person to perform duties outside the scope of their license and billing Medicaid for those services is endangering patients and stealing from the Medicaid program, Bondi said in a press release.

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Mike Fasano Closes CCE, Donates Funds to Charities

After congratulating Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford for championing campaign finance reform during the upcoming legislative session, Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, announced Friday that he is closing hiscommittee of continuous existence and donating its remaining funds to charity.

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U.S. Catholic Bishops Say Obama Contraception-Abortion Mandate Revision Still Falls Short

Writing on behalf of the 270 bishops who govern the Catholic Church in the United States, including the seven who head Florida's dioceses, Archbishop Timothy M.

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Pam Bondi Warns of Identity Theft and Tax-Related Scams This Tax Season

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is urging Floridians to use caution when filing tax returns and to be aware of identity theft and tax-related scams.

Any signs of tax fraud or identity theft, such as receiving a letter that your tax return has been filed when it has not, should be reported to my office by calling 1-866-9-NO-SCAM, said Bondi in a press release Thursday.

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'Anti-Sharia Bill' Passes Florida House Civil Justice Subcommittee

The Florida House Civil Justice Subcommittee has passed HB 351, formally titled "Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases" but more popularly referred to as an "Anti-Sharia Bill." The bill is modeled after legislation proposed by activist groups who claim Islamic law, which discriminates against women and non-Muslims, is stealthily encroaching upon the American judicial system.

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Wilton Simpson and Frank Artiles Introduce Bill to Allow Sale of Wine in Larger Containers

Florida law currently bans the sale of wine in containers holding more than one 1 gallon, but a new bill introduced in the House and Senate byWilton Simpson, R-Trilby, and Rep. Frank Artiles, R- Miami, would increase that limit to 6 gallons.

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Florida Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Major Foreclosure Fraud Case

The Florida Supreme Court has issued its unanimous ruling in the foreclosure fraud caseRoman Pino v. The Bank of New York Mellon. In an opinion authored by Justice Barbara Pariente, the court ruled that a trial court may not reinstate a voluntarily dismissed civil action, even if the defendant alleges that the plaintiff committed fraud on the court, unless that defendant suffered some kind of harm.

Pino had alleged that New York Mellon Bank had filed fraudulent documents in its foreclosure suit against him in 2008.

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Florida House Civil Justice Subcommittee Approves Foreclosure Reform Bill

TheFlorida House Civil Justice Subcommittee has approved a foreclosure reform bill, HB 87, sponsored by Rep.Kathleen Passidimo, R-Naples. The bill aims to streamline and expedite the foreclosure process. Among other things, it reduces the statute of limitations for deficiency judgments from five years to one year, and requires the lender in a foreclosure action to provide certain documents proving ownership of the loan beforeforeclosureproceedings begin.

The bill passed the committee by a vote of 10-3.

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Vern Buchanan Slams President Obama for 'Assassinating' American Citizens

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., has released a letter slamming President Barack Obama for his policy of authorizing theassassinationof American citizens, without constitutional due process, on the basis of his administration's suspecting them of terrorism. The full letter follows:

'Dear Mr. President,

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Marco Rubio's Gracious Response to Biased Left-Wing BuzzFeed Interview

The Daily Caller reports U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's gracious response to BuzzFeed's caricature of him following a wide-ranging, 40-minute interview Florida's conservative junior senator gave to the liberal news outfit.

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