Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
This week, we launched Florida’s first-ever virtual Human Trafficking Summit. The online event set a record for registration with more than 6,400 people logging on from more than 40 states at the time of the launch.
Attendees accessed more than 15 hours of content covering a wide array of anti-trafficking and trafficking survivor-related topics. This expert content will remain available and accessible to the public from now through the next 18 months.
It includes an inspiring keynote address from University of Florida football great and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. Tebow established the Tim Tebow Foundation in 2010 to bring Faith, Hope, and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. The Foundation works to put an end to human trafficking, as well as other initiatives designed to make the lives of children better. We are grateful for Tebow’s participation in our Summit and all he does through his foundation to end human trafficking.
To view the Summit online, including Tebow’s keynote address, register here.
It is amazing how people came together quickly to ensure the Summit would go on in the face of a pandemic. COVID-19 may have changed our Summit format, but no obstacle will ever lessen our resolve to end human trafficking and rescue survivors from the abuse and torture they experience at the hands of those who would profit from their misery.
By coming together like this and working to end human trafficking, we will build a Stronger, Safer Florida.
Attorney General Moody Takes Court Action to Stop A/C Company Ripping Off Florida Seniors
Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a court action against Fosters Air Supplies & Technical Services d/b/a Fast AC SWFL, and its principal Matthew Foster. According to an investigation by Attorney General Moody’s Consumer Protection Division, Fast AC deceived consumers, many of whom were seniors—some suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The investigation uncovered that Fast AC representatives allegedly presented customers high-priced quotes for unnecessary services or unneeded replacement of air conditioning systems or parts.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “My office is filing this action to stop what we believe is a business that targets our seniors—some of the most vulnerable among us—with high prices for unnecessary services. As your Attorney General, I have made it my mission to protect Florida’s seniors from these types of unscrupulous sales tactics. Make no mistake, preying on seniors and other vulnerable consumers to make a dishonest dollar will not go without consequences from my office.” More.
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Advances Fight to End the National Opioid Epidemic Even as COVID-19 Pandemic Rages
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed daily routines around the world, but it hasn’t lessened Attorney General Ashley Moody’s resolve to end the deadly opioid crisis plaguing Florida. Even as the novel coronavirus spreads, Attorney General Moody continues efforts to curb the national opioid crisis claiming lives in Florida—issuing statewide recommendations to address the opioid crisis, creating new partnerships to help Floridians struggling with substance abuse and crafting criminal justice training to assist prosecutors in shutting down the sham sober home industry.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Our nation and our state face many challenges, but be assured that nothing will dampen my resolve to put an end to the national opioid crisis that continues to claim lives in our great state. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck Florida, we were working hard to stop opioid misuse and save lives, and as we continue to work together to stop the spread of COVID-19, please know that our fight against the deadly opioid crisis has not abated.
“There are signs that the pandemic may be contributing to an increase in opioid deaths, and that is even more reason why we cannot waiver in our fight to stop drug abuse—and why I will continue to work every day, on the local, state and national level, to end this deadly crisis affecting Florida families.” More.
Attorney General Moody Obtains Judgment Resolving Community Health Systems Data Breach Investigation
Attorney General Ashley Moody, along with 27 other state attorneys general, obtained a judgment against Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, Inc., and its subsidiary, CHSPSC LLC. This judgment resolves an investigation of a data breach that impacted approximately 6.1 million patients, including more than 430,000 from the state of Florida.
At the time of the data breach, CHS owned, leased or operated 206 affiliated hospitals, including 37 located in Florida. Information exposed in the breach included the addresses, birthdates, names, phone numbers and Social Security numbers of patients. The judgment, agreed to by CHS, requires a $5 million payment to the states and provides that CHS agrees to implement and maintain a comprehensive information security program reasonably designed to safeguard personal information and protected health information that will include specific information security requirements.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Health care patients are routinely asked to reveal personal information in the course of treatment. The added stress surrounding a data breach exposing personal information can be overwhelming. I’m glad we were able to provide relief to the more than 430,000 Floridians impacted by the negligent actions of this health care company.” More.
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody met with national, state and local officials in Tallahassee to discuss joint efforts to combat methamphetamine trafficking in Florida. United States Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Tim Shea and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Lawrence Keefe joined Attorney General Moody for the productive discussion.
Attorney General Moody joining DEA Acting Administrator Tim Shea for coffee in recognition of National Coffee with a Cop Day.