Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
My office has been working nonstop to fight price gouging, scams and fraud related to the current health crisis. As the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn deepen, Florida is experiencing an increase in Medicaid enrollment.
More than four million Floridians now rely on Medicaid for health coverage, and there is more opportunity than ever before for fraudsters to take advantage of this program. We owe it to the citizens of this great state to do everything within our power to protect the integrity of this taxpayer-funded program, and that's exactly what my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is doing.
This week, I hosted a Medicaid fraud symposium webinar with state and federal agencies focused on the recent enrollment increase and COVID-19 related scams and fraud. We also discussed ways states and federal agencies can partner to protect taxpayer money and stop fraud and identity theft as this health crisis continues.
Our MFCU is staffed with talented analysts, attorneys, auditors and investigators who track down Medicaid fraud and bring criminals to justice.
Since becoming Attorney General, we have nearly 90 suspects behind bars and secured more than $54 million in settlements and judgments as a result of our Medicaid fraud investigations.
Rest assured—we will not tolerate it here in Florida. We will continue to aggressively pursue fraudsters and seek to recover taxpayer funds.
If you suspect Medicaid fraud, report it to my office by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or send us a tip online at MyFloridaLegal.com.
By working together to fight fraud and protect taxpayer money, we can build a Stronger, Safer Florida.
Attorney General Moody Fights Medicaid Fraud as Enrollment Increases Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Attorney General Ashley Moody continues to fight price gouging, scams and fraud related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic and resulting economic crises deepen, enrollment in Florida’s Medicaid Program is increasing. More than four million Floridians now rely on Medicaid for health coverage, creating more opportunity for criminals to exploit the government benefit to steal taxpayer money. Attorney General Moody’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is committed to identifying, investigating and stopping fraud in the government health care program. Since Attorney General Moody took office in January 2019, MFCU has secured more than $54 million in settlements and judgments as a direct result of actions brought by the office. MFCU also conducted investigations leading to the arrests of nearly 90 individuals charged with Medicaid fraud.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “With thousands more Floridians now depending on Medicaid as a result of COVID-19, there is more opportunity than ever before for fraudsters to take advantage of this program. Rest assured that we will not tolerate it. My Medicaid Fraud Control Unit will continue to aggressively pursue fraudsters and seek to recover taxpayer funds. Our analysts, attorneys, auditors and investigators are dedicated to protecting the integrity of the Medicaid program by bringing to justice anyone who would leverage this health care crisis to exploit the hardworking taxpayers of this state.” More.
Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act Championed by Attorney General Moody Signed by President Trump
Attorney General Ashley Moody is thanking President Donald J. Trump for signing the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act. In May, Attorney General Moody led a bipartisan group of 52 attorneys general in support of the SAFR Act, urging Congress to pass the important change to allow families of law enforcement officers who die or are permanently impacted by COVID-19 to receive benefits. President Trump signed the SAFR Act into law late last week, now allowing families of first responders who die or are permanently and totally disabled as a result of COVID-19, to receive the same federal benefits extended to those of first responders otherwise killed or injured in the line of duty.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Our nation has now lost more law enforcement officers in the line of duty this year than we lost in all of 2019. COVID-19 and violent attacks on these heroes are the driving forces behind this disturbing increase. As the wife of a law enforcement officer, these grave statistics are personal to me and I am extremely grateful President Trump signed this vital piece of legislation to support the families of these brave public servants on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and many other dangerous crises facing our nation today.
“I was proud to lead attorneys general from across the country in support of this measure. As a member of the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement, I am honored to work with the President, U.S. Attorney General and law enforcement leaders across our country to find additional ways to support our law enforcement heroes while improving policing to better serve all Americans.” More.
Attorney General Moody Secures Restitution for Businesses and Seeks Others Duped by Certificate of Status Scam
Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a settlement that provides restitution to businesses scammed into purchasing unnecessary corporate certificate services. The proposed stipulated consent judgment, submitted to the court for approval, resolves an action filed by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division against Leandro Rodriguez, owner of Florida State Filing Corporate and Certificate Filing Service, for sending deceptive and misleading solicitations to businesses regarding the certificates. The solicitations gave the misleading impression of being from the state and sought payment for a certificate of status that the solicitations falsely indicated were required by the state. Certificates of status are not required to do business in the State of Florida. Attorney General Moody encourages businesses and individuals who purchased the unnecessary certificates to contact the Florida Attorney General’s Office.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This individual tricked Florida businesses into purchasing certificates of service under the guise that the documents were necessary to continue operating legally. This is an outright scam and my office is taking action to secure restitution for victims of this deception that targeted businesses in Florida. If you or anyone you know purchased one of these unnecessary certificates, please contact my office.” More.
Attorney General Moody Hosts Symposium with Federal and State Agencies Regarding COVID-19 Schemes Targeting Medicaid
Attorney General Ashley Moody hosted a COVID-19 related Medicaid fraud symposium with federal and state agencies. Representatives from all three of Florida’s U.S. Attorney Offices, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Health and Human Services Inspector General’s Office and the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration participated in the virtual event. The discussion focused on the recent increase in Medicaid enrollment nationwide and fraud related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The group also discussed ways state and federal agencies can partner to protect taxpayer money and stop fraud and identity theft amid the current health crisis.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “My Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has been working throughout this pandemic to identify, investigate and stop fraudsters exploiting this important taxpayer-funded health care program. As a result of this health crisis and the resulting economic downturn, Florida is experiencing an increase in Medicaid enrollment. The goal of the symposium was to bolster our individual and collective efforts to stay ahead of fraud trends related to the increased enrollment and COVID-19, and strengthen partnerships vital to upholding the integrity of the Medicaid program in Florida.” More.
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody hosted a Medicaid fraud webinar with state and federal agencies focused on identity theft related to Medicaid enrollment increases and COVID-19 related scams targeting the government benefit.
Attorney General Moody hosting a Statewide Council on Human Trafficking meeting via video conference. During the virtual meeting, Attorney General Moody, Chair of the council, discussed the progress in the fight to end human trafficking and preparations being made towards the virtual 2020 Human Trafficking Summit on Oct. 6. To watch the meeting, click here.
For more information on Attorney General Moody’s virtual 2020 Human Trafficking Summit, including how to register, click here.