Attorney General Moody's Week In Review

This week, I helped the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers kick off its annual conference. The association is such an important partner in our efforts to encourage citizens to engage with law enforcement to build safer communities.

Through our work with Crime Stoppers, we have made innovative changes and streamlined services to make it easier and more enticing for Floridians to help solve crimes.

Last year, we nearly doubled the amount of reward money for tipsters who provide information that leads to an arrest in a homicide case. We also enhanced the Crime Stoppers app that allows two-way anonymous communication with Crime Stoppers through text messaging and image sharing.

To further streamline the reporting process, we created the first-of-its-kind statewide tip line: **TIPS. Now, anyone can send anonymous information from anywhere in the state by simply dialing six buttons on a cellphone (**8477). Crime Stoppers USA recently adopted our program and put it to use nationwide!

Enlisting citizens in the fight against crime not only increases public safety, but it also empowers community members. We know that law enforcement can’t be everywhere, and that is why it is important that citizens share what they know.

Working with Crime Stoppers, we have made anonymous reporting easier than ever before and that is helping us solve crimes, save lives and build a Stronger, Safer Florida.
Ashley Moody
Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Moody Announces Arrests of a Nurse and the Mother of a Medicaid Recipient for Ripping Off Medicaid Program

Attorney General Ashley Moody announced the arrests of a nurse and the mother of a Medicaid recipient for bilking more than $100,000 from Medicaid. Throughout several months, Myoka Bowens, a licensed practical nurse, worked with a Medicaid recipient’s mother, Jazmin Raulerson, to swindle the Medicaid program by falsifying progress notes for time overseeing a high-risk infant.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Not only did these women scheme to rip off Florida taxpayers, but they also exploited an infant’s illness in the process. I am proud of the work of my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to uncover their plot to steal more than $100,000 from this taxpayer-funded program and bring these suspects to justice.” More.

VIDEO CONSUMER ALERT: Attorney General Moody Alerts Florida Wire-Fraud Victims to Reimbursement Opportunity

Attorney General Ashley Moody is alerting Florida wire-fraud victims to a reimbursement opportunity. Victims who were tricked into wiring money to scammers through Western Union, between Jan. 1, 2004 and Jan. 19, 2017, may be entitled to financial reimbursement from Western Union. Claims must be submitted on or before July 1, 2022. As many as 36,000 Floridians may be eligible for up to $40 million as part of the Western Unions claims process.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “There are millions of dollars available to victims of scammers who utilized Western Union as part of their unlawful schemes—but action must be taken soon. If you believe you are eligible, please file a claim by July 1.”

VIDEO CONSUMER ALERT: Emerging Text Scam Tempts Targets with ‘Free Gifts’ for Personal Information

Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning Floridians about an emerging text message scam offering a ‘free gift’ for paying a bill on time. The Better Business Bureau details recent reports of this scheme that entices text recipients with the promise of a present to click on a link to an unfamiliar website requesting personal information. Attorney General Moody reminds Floridians to never use links from unknown phone numbers or reply to suspicious messages—especially if free gifts or money are promised.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Scammers will try anything to steal your personal information. Their latest trick is simple, but effective—the promise of a gift in exchange for personal information. Don’t fall for it. Never provide personal information in response to a solicitation or click on links contained in a suspicious message. Remember that if something seems too good to be true, then it’s probably a scam.”

VIDEO: Registration and Award Nominations for 2022 Human Trafficking Summit are Now Open

Registration for the 2022 Human Trafficking Summit is now open. The summit brings together local, state and national leaders working to eradicate all forms of trafficking. The summit is being offered virtually starting Tuesday, Oct. 4, and will cover recent updates and developments in the fight against human trafficking. Over the past two years, more than 11,000 attendees have registered for the annual summit and received access to hours of educational content and breakout sessions.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “The Human Trafficking Summit brings together people who share our determination to end human trafficking—in Florida and across the nation. The summit is free, and registration is now open. I encourage anyone who wants to join this important fight to sign up now and help us build a Stronger, Safer Florida.”