‘Bats--t insane.’ Florida attorney general’s own lawyers gave early warning of worse to come | Editorial
It was strangely refreshing to hear the words that appellate lawyers in the office of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody used, in newly released emails, to describe the desperate attempt by the Texas attorney general to overturn the results of the 2020 election by suing four swing states in 2020.news.yahoo.com
Florida AG says caregiver’s $12K fraud denied elderly victim proper burial
A woman arrested in St. Johns County is accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly victim and using the money for personal reasons, including paying court costs in a different case, Attorney General Ashley Moody said.
Embattled leader of Florida domestic violence coalition to repay $2 million after scandal
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Office of Attorney General have settled pending civil actions involving the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc. (FCADV), its officers and directors, and the FCADV foundation for more than $5 million, the state announced Thursday.
DeSantis says he’ll send Florida police officers to help Texas, Arizona enforce border
Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that Florida law-enforcement officers will go to Texas and Arizona to help with border control, as Florida continues to challenge the Biden administration in federal court about immigration enforcement.news.yahoo.com
Florida cruise ships could sail again by the summer, DeSantis says
A day after a federal judge heard arguments in Florida’s request for a preliminary injunction against federal restrictions that have idled the cruise-ship industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed optimism Thursday that he would be successful in court and cruise ships will sail again by the summer.
Florida to feds: Allow cruise ships to operate or we’ll sue
Millions typically cruise from Florida each year and the industry generates billions for the state's economy. The CDC shut down the cruise industry a year ago when several coronavirus outbreaks were tied to ships worldwide. Cruising has resumed with restrictions and protocols in much of the world with the industry leaders saying there have been no new outbreaks tied to their ships. AdCindy Prins, a University of Florida epidemiologist, defended the ban, saying it is still too early for cruise ships to operate. She said cruise lines would need to limit passengers and crew to those who can prove they are fully vaccinated to avoid spreading the virus.
Stimulus payments are coming, so scammers could be coming for your money
“With many Americans set to receive direct payments from the federal government, we expect scammers will devise schemes to exploit the massive spending to trick recipients into parting with personal or financial information,” Moody said. To view Scams at a Glance: Stimulus Payments in English, click here . To view Scams at a Glance: Stimulus Payments in Spanish, click here . To view Scams at a Glance: Coronavirus Scams in English, click here . To access Moody’s Scams at a Glance webpage, click here .
Insurance, K9s and weed among Cabinet legislative priorities
The Associated Press interviewed each of the Cabinet members to discuss their 2021 legislative priorities:CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER JIMMY PATRONISOne of Patronis's top priorities reflects an issue supported by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican legislative leaders: Passing a bill to shield businesses from lawsuits related to COVID-19. He said he was inspired by a California law that went into affect last year in that state. A wide ranging food insecurity bill would create a tax credit of up to $5,000 for farmers who donate food to charities. “It makes sure that we can go after those folks like guardians and other fiduciaries that are exceeding their scope and taking advantage and exploiting seniors,” Moody said.
Rewards for tips upped as murders increase in Florida
With murders increasing in parts of Florida, rewards for tips resulting in homicide arrests can now reach $9,500, up from $5,000, Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Wednesday. “Florida has experienced historic crime rate lows. But unfortunately, we have seen in certain parts of our state significant increases in murders,” Moody said during a news conference at the Orlando Police Department. The 27 Crime Stopper organizations in the state have been offering rewards between $1,000 and $5,000 for anonymous tips that provide information leading to arrests. AdAccording to Moody’s office, murders in Florida went up 16% in the first six months of 2020, with some of the highest rates found in Broward, Duval and Orange counties.
Florida attorney general warns of human trafficking ahead of Tampa Super Bowl
Raymond James Stadium, the site of NFL football Super Bowl LV, is shown Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)As Tampa gears up for one of the most unusual Super Bowls in history, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody warns human trafficking is as big of a concern as ever. Pandemic or not, Moody said, weekends with big events like the Super Bowl generate a lot of that money for those kinds of businesses. According to Moody’s office, during the 2020 Super Bowl in Miami, there were 47 arrests for human trafficking-related charges. AdMoody’s office teamed up with Uber, Airbnb and the Florida Beer Wholesalers Association to get their workers to recognize the signs of human trafficking.
Don’t pay to reserve a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, state warns
According to recent news reports , scammers used the popular event website Eventbrite to pose as county health departments and take or attempt to take payments in exchange for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a Consumer Alert warning Floridians about the COVID-19 vaccine scam. “Consumer Protection investigators and criminal prosecutors in my office are aggressively pursuing reports of scammers taking money in exchange for phony COVID-19 vaccine reservations,” Moody said. “If you have been a victim of this scam, please contact my office so we can end this fraud and help protect those seeking vaccinations.”States are overseeing the free COVID-19 vaccine distribution rather than the federal government. To help manage appointment scheduling, several counties in Florida have turned to ticketing services like Eventbrite; however, NO county is charging for vaccine reservations!
Watch out for fraud as stimulus payments deposited, mailed, Florida AG warns
Floridians aren’t the only ones excited about the stimulus payments from the federal government that have already started being deposited in bank accounts across the state. Floridians are already receiving payments both through direct deposit and mailed checks. Moody wants to make sure you can spot and avoid scams related to the federal payments. To track stimulus payments, use the IRS Get My Payment tool by clicking here . Please remember that the IRS will NOT call or email Floridians about stimulus payments.
Florida AG backs Texas challenge to election results in 4 states
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody on Wednesday joined 16 other states in backing a last-chance effort by Texas to get the U.S. Supreme Court to block election results in four swing states where the vote went in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. “The integrity and resolution of the 2020 election is of paramount importance,” Moody wrote in a statement as Florida joined a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Supreme Court to allow Texas to move forward with the case. The other states are Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court declined, without comment, to hear a challenge to Pennsylvania’s election results. Also, state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis backed Trump’s efforts in an interview Wednesday with The News Service of Florida.
Consumer Alert: Avoid COVID-19 vaccine and distribution scams
Scammers may try to exploit the sense of urgency surrounding the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to swindle those trying to protect their health. I am asking all Floridians to be on the lookout for vaccine-related scams and report fraud to our office.”Moody released the following tips to help Floridians avoid COVID-19 vaccine-related scams:Know that no COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by the FDA as of the time of this Consumer Alert; therefore, any attempt to sell a vaccine right now is not legitimate. Never send money or financial information to anyone offering a COVID-19 vaccine or claiming the ability to expedite the process. The FDA will host a meeting regarding vaccines and related biological products on Thursday to discuss Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. To view the latest alerts and to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 related scams, visit the Attorney General’s Consumer Alert webpage by clicking here .
'Turf wars' alarm Florida panel probing Parkland shooting
A Florida grand jury looking into last year's Parkland school shooting chided schools, law enforcement and other local jurisdictions over continued "turf wars" that could hamper the response to another crisis. Ron DeSantis requested that the Florida Supreme Court impanel a statewide grand jury for a yearlong review into school safety. In particular, the grand jury urged school districts to assume responsibility for making sure armed security personnel are installed at charter schools. "This latest Grand Jury report confirms what many of us have feared," she said, "that our schools are still not as safe as they could be." The grand jury suggested that the Florida Department of Education take on that role.chicagotribune.com
Justice Department Welcomes Florida Joining T-Mobile/Sprint Settlement
Further, the settlement will facilitate the expeditious deployment of multiple high-quality 5G networks for the benefit of American consumers and entrepreneurs. That settlement, if approved by the court, would resolve the Justice Departments and the co-plaintiff states competitive concerns. The proposed settlement also provides for the divestiture of certain spectrum assets to Dish. Deutsche Telekom AG, a German corporation headquartered in Bonn, Germany, is the controlling shareholder of T-Mobile US Inc.Sprint Corporation is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas. Sprint is controlled by SoftBank Group Corp., a Japanese Corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.justice.gov