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The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office is dedicated to providing accurate information to the public and media. If you are a member of the working media and would like an interview with the State Attorney, or you need information on a case, would like to talk to a specific assistant state attorney or are looking for an expert in a certain area of prosecution, please contact our public information officers Ed Griffith, Terry Chavez or Lissette Valdes-Valle.

ED GRIFFITH Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

LISSETTE VALDES-VALLE Hispanic Media Relations Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

TERRY CHAVEZ Hispanic Media Relations Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

Below you'll find recent news releases issued by this office.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Email Computer Scammers Pretend a SAO Connection - Want Cash and Financial Information

Miami (July 21, 2014)  State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle wanted to warn the public about a recent computer scam which tries to scare email recipients into sending $750 to a website in order to pay off an “alleged” debt.  Additionally, the computer thieves hope to acquire valid credit card information which they would use to further enrich themselves. 

“I’m outraged that thieves would hope to use the prosecutor’s office as a tool to get cash from terrified victims,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “We have already spoken to victims who almost fell for this scheme.  Only luck and good judgment saved them.”

The State Attorney’s Office (SAO) never communicates important information via email and would never be involved in debt collections.  Additional advice is to never electronically respond to situations that demand immediate action under threat of punishment.  If you have a concern about any debt collection, ask those contacting you to provide the documentation that substantiates the existence of the debt. 
Always be cautious with your email communications and simply do not open unsolicited e-mails from unfamiliar senders.  It appears that the false SAO emails may have originated in either Eastern Europe or in India, making it unlikely that U.S. law enforcement will be able arrest the scammers or get a return of lost monies.  Therefore, it is extremely important that individuals avoid being victimized at all costs

State Attorney Appointed to Statewide Council on Human Trafficking

Miami (July 11, 2014) State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been appointed to Florida’s Statewide Council On Human Trafficking by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.  The recently created Statewide Council will have an important role in developing and coordinating Florida’s efforts to fight sex trafficking and will help foster new approaches intended to help the victims of sex trafficking heal and reintegrate back into the community.

“Florida’s human trafficking victims would be invisible, if not for the commitment of a broad spectrum of advocacy groups and our law enforcement community. Raising awareness of the problem is the first step toward eliminating this modern sexual slavery. I am proud that our effort in Miami to create an innovative trauma informed prosecution model for Human Trafficking cases may become a model for the state and the country. I would like to thank the Attorney General for appointing me to this important statewide role on the Human Trafficking Council,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Unit has been a prosecutorial leader in this area of the law.  The Human Trafficking Unit has filed 236 criminal cases and is involved in over 106 open investigations. The permanent full-time dedicated staff that comprises this unit includes 2 prosecutors; a full-time investigator and a team of officers from various departments in our community; two  victim witness counselors; a paralegal and support staff who all working together to save and care for victims.

The recently launched “Stop the Sale of Our Children for Sex” awareness and hotline campaign uses billboards, bus shelters and other materials to inform the community on how to spot human trafficking and to report to our Human Trafficking Hotline: 305-350-5567.