Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
Just one week after I joined President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Attorney General William Barr for a discussion on policing in America, the President took meaningful action to strengthen the trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. I was honored to be among those at the White House again this week as President Trump signed the executive order aimed at increasing accountability, transparency and the resources law enforcement officers need to help them more effectively protect their communities.
As Florida’s Attorney General, a former federal prosecutor, a former judge and the wife of a law enforcement officer, I am grateful to work with President Trump on these extremely important issues. I am also honored to serve on the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice—alongside Attorney General Barr and law enforcement leaders from across our country.
The President’s Commission has been meeting all year to find solutions to challenges law enforcement officers across the nation face every day. They confront societal challenges, including homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, and other social factors that influence crime and strain criminal justice resources.
As a Commission, we are also looking for ways to improve in the areas of hiring, recruitment, training and retention. Some of these improvements need to be addressed more urgently than others, and I am pleased that President Trump’s executive order includes some of the changes the Commission has already been discussing.
Like the President said during the signing ceremony, “In order to make real progress on public safety, we have to break old patterns of failure.” These changes are just the first step. As your Attorney General, I am dedicated to continuing to work in this area to seek thoughtful and effective changes to better the lives of our citizens, support law enforcement in this mission and build a stronger, safer Florida.
In The News
A fake U.S. Treasury website and fake testimonials — a new COVID-19 scam targets seniors, Miami Herald
Attorney General warns of COVID-19 grant scam targeting seniors, Wink News
Attorney General: Scammers used messages, fake endorsements to swindle seniors, WTVY 4
Florida leaders express sympathy to family of murdered off-duty FWC officer, Florida Politics
Work-from-home schemes targeting college students amid coronavirus, Florida AG warns, WFLA Tampa
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody Warns College Students Of Work-From-Home Employment Scam, CBS Miami
Hackers are crashing Zoom meetings with child porn, attorney general says, WPLG Miami
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Sponsors 2020 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Resolution
Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a resolution recognizing June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Originated by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse in 2006, the day acknowledges elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Since being elected Attorney General, one of my top priorities has been protecting Florida’s seniors from fraud and abuse. With the highest population of 65 years or older per capita in the country, it is essential that we provide seniors with the safety and dignity to enjoy their golden years. That is the mission behind the Senior Protection Team I created soon after taking office. Sponsoring this resolution is another step in my commitment to doing everything within my power to protect older Floridians.” More.
VIDEO CONSUMER ALERT: Attorney General Moody Warns of Work-from-Home Employment Scams Targeting College Students
Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a Consumer Alert warning students at Florida colleges and universities of an emerging work-from-home employment scam. Scammers are targeting students via emails that appear to be sent from a college or university advertising fictitious work-from-home employment opportunities. The scammers obtain personal information from the student while posing as a university representative. Savvy scammers convince students to cash counterfeit checks and send them the money.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “During the COVID-19 crisis and resulting economic downturn, Floridians are looking for work, and it is unconscionable that scammers are exploiting these times of uncertainty to prey on our college students. Students who fall victim to this scam could face serious repercussions to their financial stability and credit record. I am urging all students currently enrolled at Florida colleges and universities to take extra precaution when receiving online job offers.” More.
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Asks Floridians to Immediately Report Child Porn Zoombombing to Law Enforcement
Attorney General Ashley Moody is working with Florida sheriffs, police chiefs and university police to stop child porn Zoombombing. Zoombombing occurs when hackers hijack internet video conferences, like those offered by the fast-growing platform Zoom. These hackers often present inappropriate, offensive material or otherwise disrupt video conferences. Recent reports indicate that hackers are crashing online meetings with child pornography. After learning of this criminal activity, Attorney General Moody began working with local law enforcement to thwart the offensive conduct and ensure local, state and federal law enforcement are coordinated in their efforts.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “It’s heartbreaking that anyone would exploit children in this manner, but child pornography is pervasive online. It’s disgusting and illegal. When hackers hijack meetings and force participants to view these disturbing images, we must ensure we have an immediate, aggressive and coordinated law enforcement response. That is why I am working with our great law enforcement agencies to track down Zoombombers and hold them accountable for the victimization of our children.” More.
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody joined President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Attorney General William Barr and law enforcement leaders from across the country at the White House for an executive order signing ceremony. The President’s executive order will increase accountability, transparency and the resources law enforcement officers need to help them more effectively protect their communities.
Attorney General Moody with U.S. Attorney General Barr in the White House Rose Garden after the executive order signing ceremony.
Attorney General Moody with Pinellas County Sheriff and President of the Florida Sheriff’s Association Bob Gualtieri. Attorney General Moody and Sheriff Gualtieri both serve on President Trump’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. The Commission met following the signing ceremony.
Attorney General Moody would like to welcome Charlie Trippe to the team. Mr. Trippe will serve as the Attorney General’s new General Counsel. Trippe has practiced law for more than 30 years; previously serving as Chief Counsel at the Federal Aviation Administration and as General Counsel to former Governor Rick Scott.