Cameron Scot Bivins-Breeden, 21, of King George County, Virginia, was sentenced today to 288 months in prison, followed by a life term of supervised release, for using Facebook to entice and attempt to entice 38 minor victims to produce sexually explicit photographs of themselves and send to him over the internet. In multiple instances, Bivins-Breeden used the threat of sending the sexually explicit images to friends and family of the victims to extort additional pictures from the victims.
Attorney General Mark R. Herring is encouraging Virginians to take advantage of Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a partnership between the Drug Enforcement Agency and law enforcement partners across the nation, including many in Virginia.
Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following statement regarding Governor McAuliffe's creation of the Governor's Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government.
As part of his recently announced five-point plan to combat the rise in heroin and prescription drug abuse and overdose fatalities in Virginia, Attorney General Herring and lawyers in his office are aggressively pursuing action against pharmacists, doctors, or other professionals who overprescribe, steal, or otherwise illegally make opiates available.
In recognition of National Voter Registration Day, Attorney General Mark R. Herring encourages eligible Virginians to register to vote and encourages all Virginians to confirm their registration and prepare any documentation needed to comply with Virginia's new photo ID requirements. Elections held on November 4, 2014 will be the first time many Virginians are required to present a photo ID to cast their ballot in state, local, and federal elections.
Last week, the Office of Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) received its second national award of the year when the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund (TAFEF) presented the unit with its "Honest Abe" Integrity in Government Award at its annual conference in Washington, D.C. Since 2006, the award has been presented to individuals and organizations that combat fraud against government funds through the use of False Claims Act laws and other anti-fraud measures that promote the public-private partnership between the government and whistleblowers. Virginia's MFCU was previously named the nation's top unit by the U.S. Department of Health Office of the Inspector General.
Attorney General Herring believes that transparency and accountability are keys to good governance. The people of Virginia have the right to know how their money is being spent and how this office is working on their behalf.