Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
This week, Florida TaxWatch named the Florida Attorney General’s Office the State Agency of the Year as part of the organization’s Productivity Awards program. I proudly accepted this prestigious recognition on behalf of our entire agency.
This is such a honor for our agency, and winning the award is only possible because of all the hard-working public servants in my office who wake up every day ready to fight to protect Floridians.
The Florida Attorney General’s Office is dedicated to protecting consumers, defending state laws and recovering funds for Florida and victims of deceptive and unfair trade practices.
Since I took office in 2019:
We strive to serve the public and be good stewards of taxpayer funds. I hope this award reaffirms to all Floridians that we take this role very seriously.
We will continue to work hard to achieve the best results with the state resources entrusted to our agency so we can build a Stronger, Safer Florida.
- Our Antitrust Division recovered more than $3.4 billion on behalf of Florida citizens, taxpayers and state and local entities as a result of enforcement efforts;
- My legal team secured more than $3 billion for Florida through historic litigation—holding major opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies accountable for their roles in the opioid crisis;
- Our Consumer Protection team recovered more than $469 million through work to shut down scams and protect consumers; and
- The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit obtained more than $160 million in settlements and judgments.
Attorney General Moody and Anti-Robocall Task Force File Enforcement Actions Against Two Alleged Illegal Robocallers
Attorney General Ashley Moody announced the national Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force is investigating two voice service providers over alleged involvement in illegal robocalls. The targets of the investigation are Michael Lansky LLC—doing business as Avid Telecom—and One Eye LLC. Attorney General Moody’s office is a member of the national task force that is enforcing civil investigative demands against the entities.
Both operations sent scam robocalls to consumers in Florida and other states, including robocalls from fraudsters posing as the Social Security Administration and Amazon. Avid also incorporated scam calls for unwanted auto warranties.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “We are teaming up with states across the nation to investigate companies that help facilitate illegal robocalls, and I will continue to work with attorneys general to identify, investigate and hold accountable those responsible for using these automated messages to rip off Floridians.” More.
Attorney General Moody’s Office Recognized with National Award for Shutting Down Moving Scams
The United States Department of Transportation is awarding Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Consumer Protection Division the 2022 Inspector General Partnership Award in recognition of its participation in Operation Moving Target. This recognition highlights the overwhelming success achieved by Attorney General Moody’s Consumer Protection Division in investigating and stopping moving scams. The consumer protection investigations have led to approximately $27 million in fines and restitution against approximately 19 different moving firms.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Attorneys and investigators in my Consumer Protection Division work hard to stop scams and protect Floridians. I am proud of the results they achieve and honored that these hard-working public servants are being recognized for their dogged efforts to shut down 19 fraudulent moving firms and recover millions in fines and restitution.” More.
ONE PILL CAN KILL: Attorney General Moody Launches One Pill Can Kill Webpage to Warn Floridians About the Dangers of Illicit Fentanyl
To warn Floridians about the dangers of illicit fentanyl laced in counterfeit pills, Attorney General Ashley Moody is launching the One Pill Can Kill webpage located on the Dose of Reality Florida website. Synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, are flooding the nation’s illicit drug market—wreaking havoc by causing overdoses and killing more than 71,000 Americans in 2021. Unfortunately, this wave has hit Florida. Attorney General Moody's new One Pill Can Kill webpage provides Floridians with quick access to information about fentanyl regarding these deadly drugs and how to spot and avoid these lethal substances.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Fentanyl is the deadliest substance we have ever seen permeate the illicit drug market. It is flooding across the southwest border in record amounts and killing tens of thousands of Americans every year. It is hidden in other illicit substances and sold to unsuspecting users—often with deadly consequences. To help raise awareness and hopefully save lives, I am launching our new One Pill Can Kill webpage that is full of information and resources to help people avoid this deadly drug." More.
Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit recently received the Taxpayers Against Fraud Public-Private Partnership Award in Washington, D.C. MFCU Deputy Director of Civil Enforcement Ian Garland (pictured center-right) accepted the award for the unit’s efforts in recovering millions of dollars for the state’s Medicaid program. For more details, click here.
Civil Litigation Staff Assistant Janice Wolfe receiving Attorney General Moody’s White Hat Award in Fort Lauderdale. The White Hat Award is given to Florida Attorney General's Office team members who demonstrate extraordinary effort and skill in fulfilling the mission of the office.