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The FBI plans to hire more staff and implement technology upgrades to its public tipline after mishandling two warnings that confessed Parkland killer Nikolas Cruz might shoot up a school.

The former school cop who hid rather than confronting the gunman during the Feb. 14 shooting at a Parkland high school isn't the only one who's been ducking requests to appear before a state investigative commission.

A major change that aims to keep more weapons out of the wrong hands is in the works for the FBI's gun background check process.

Examiners will be given access to a large, previously untapped database of more than 400 million records as they determine when gun purchases can go through nationwide. But for the survivors and victims' families of the 2015 church massacre in Charleston, S.C., the change did not come soon enough.

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FBI leaders and local law enforcement officials are studying shootings in schools to piece together trends and come up with ways to prevent future violence, officials said.

Governor Rick Scott is calling on the FBI Director to resign after the agency didn’t take action on information received about the 19-year-old who killed 17 people at a South Florida High School.

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The FBI says that someone called its tip line to report concerns about Nikolas Cruz, who has told police he killed 17 people in a Florida high school this week — but that the bureau failed to follow protocols to assess the threat.

The bureau says a person close to Cruz contacted the FBI's Public Access Line on Jan. 5 to report concerns about him. Those concerns included information about Cruz's gun ownership, a desire to kill people, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts.

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Airport shooting highlights nexus between mentally ill, cops

Just weeks before a gunman opened fire at Fort Lauderdale's airport, authorities said he walked into an FBI office in Alaska, telling agents the government was controlling his mind and that he was having terroristic thoughts. It's a daily occurrence for law enforcement agencies and authorities say the difficulty is in assessing whether people are reporting a credible threat, whether or whether they need medical help.

Florida Inspectors General Office

A widening scandal focusing on the treatment of Florida prison inmates includes new allegations that Gov. Rick Scott's own top watchdog was warned about the possible cover-up of two suspicious prison deaths but did not do anything.

The Miami Herald reported Friday that the governor's chief inspector general received an anonymous letter in Oct. 2012 that included details about prisoners who had died while in state custody.

The last of about 40 defendants linked to a sprawling Medicare scam have been convicted in federal court, the Miami Herald reports.

A jury took just a few hours to find Roger Bergman, 65, and Rodolfo Santaya, 55, guilty for their involvement in the American Therapeutic Corp. scam that was first discovered in 2010, according to the Herald.

The discovery of three more inmate bodies in prisons over the recent holiday weekend brings the total of suspicious in-custody deaths under investigation to 10, The Miami Herald reports. Florida Department of Law Enforcement is handling nine of them, and the FBI is looking into the other one, the Herald confirmed.

It took five letters, including one from a law firm, for Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown to gain an interview with an inmate who has crucial inside information on the death of a mentally ill inmate at Dade Correctional Institution two years ago.

Convicted killer Mark Joiner, now at a state prison in Lake City, told Brown that DCI guards routinely tortured and even killed inmates, then bragged about it. They also bragged that nothing would happen to them, he said.

Eleven children from Florida were among the nearly 170 rescued during a nationwide sex trafficking sting conducted by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies last week. 

According to the Tampa Bay Times, six of the rescued children were rescued in the Tampa Bay area, one in the Orlando area, and one in the Fort Myers area. The FBI office in Miami reported another three children were rescued there.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation

The FBI has arrested a Cuban immigrant who acted as a shell owner in a massive South Florida Medicare fraud ring, according to the Miami Herald.

A federal judge says Florida lost $11 million in 2006 when WellCare executives committed Medicaid fraud, the Tampa Bay Times reports. That amount will influence the sentencing of three WellCare executives who were found guilty in June of Medicaid fraud.  Prosecutors had tried to convince U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr.

Carmen Gonzalez, who had escaped to Cuba five years ago after stealing $8.2 million from Medicare, made the mistake of coming back.

Federal agents raided West Palm Beach eye doctor Salomon Melgen’s office for the second time this year, the Palm Beach Post reports. For four years, Melgen has been in a dispute with the federal government over allegations he was overpaid millions of dollars by Medicare. His attorney says Tuesday’s raid is payback for a lawsuit the doctor filed against U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Medicare Fraud Focus of Raid on Eye Doctor’s Clinic

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On top of accusations that he provided free trips and possibly underage prostitutes for Senator Bob Menendez, South Florida eye surgeon Salomon Melgen is now being investigated for Medicare fraud, the Miami Herald reports.

FBI agents raided the office of West Palm Beach eye doctor Salomon Melgen, who owes $11.1 million in taxes. Despite his tax woes, Melgen has given freely to political campaigns and is accused of doing unsavory favors for a U.S. senator, the Miami Herald reports.

Gainesville family doctor Ona Colasante, who has been living under a cloud for nearly two years, says it’s too hard to keep staff and patients, the Gainesville Sun reports.

The latest Tampa Bay Times investigation of Scientology, a church that is vehemently opposed to mental-health treatment, tells about an FBI investigation into allegations of human trafficking, violence, intimidation and abuse against members.