Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
This week, I continued my Thin Line Tribute initiative at the Hialeah Police Department. I launched the Thin Line Tribute last year to recognize the courageous, and often thankless, job front-line officers do on a daily basis.
Florida law enforcement officers work every day to maintain law and order and provide safety to the communities they have taken an oath to protect. They are a big part of what makes Florida so great, and I cannot thank them enough for risking their safety to ensure ours.
Police Chief George Fuente and his officers have made the Hialeah Police Department renowned in their community for their unwavering dedication in providing excellent service to the more than 230,000 citizens of Hialeah, Florida. They have worked so hard to protect the city and I am happy to be able to thank them for the terrific work they do day in and day out.
But law enforcement officers do not do this job for gratitude and recognition. They are selfless civil servants, working to help us build a Stronger, Safer Florida. For that, I, and the rest of the citizens of Florida, are forever grateful.
In The News
Florida AG, Clay County Sheriff’s Office shut down fentanyl trafficking operation, The Center Square
Clay County deputies seize enough fentanyl capable of killing over four million people, ABC 20 Gainesville
Florida AG Ashley Moody: Biden And Congress Need To Start Taking The Fentanyl Crisis Seriously, FOX News
Florida Attorney General Wants Fentanyl Classified as Weapon of Mass Destruction, West Orlando News
Florida AG Ashley Moody calls on FCC to provide more protections against robocalls, Orlando News 9
Florida brings battle over social media regulation to Supreme Court, Washington Post
ICE official testifies Biden administration removing a fraction of the migrants that Obama removed, FOX News
Top ICE Official Admits Biden Administration Detaining, Removing Fewer Illegal Immigrants, The Epoch Times
AG Moody: More 'damaging testimony' from ICE official in Florida lawsuit over immigration enforcement, Florida Keys News
Attorney General Moody Activates Price Gouging Hotline as Tropical Depression Nine Approaches Florida
Attorney General Ashley Moody activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline with Tropical Depression Nine approaching the state. The activation comes following Governor Ron DeSantis’s state-of-emergency declaration for 24 counties. In areas covered by the state of emergency, Floridians can report instances of severe price increases on essential commodities needed to prepare for the storm. Florida’s price gouging law only applies to commodities and services essential to preparing for, or recovering from, a storm within the areas of a declared state of emergency.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Floridians should prepare now with Tropical Depression Nine moving closer to our state. If anyone suspects price gouging, report it to my office by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM, filing online at MyFloridaLegal.com or using our free No Scam reporting app.” More.
NEW VIDEO: AG Moody’s Attorneys Depose Top ICE Official Who Admits Under Oath that Biden is Intentionally Detaining and Deporting Historically Low Numbers of Inadmissible Immigrants
Following damaging testimony obtained through a Florida Attorney General’s Office deposition of the U.S. Border Chief, Attorney General Ashley Moody is releasing new evidence highlighting intentionally weak immigration enforcement by the Biden administration. Earlier this month, lawyers for Attorney General Moody deposed Immigration and Customs Enforcement Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations Corey Price.
Under oath, Director Price testified that ICE is removing more than seven times fewer inadmissible immigrants than the agency did in 2012. Price admitted ICE is booking-in roughly half the number of immigrants it did during the Trump administration. Price also testified that ICE is booking in roughly 40% the number of immigrants it did during the last border surge. Finally, Price testified that senior Biden officials knew its immigration priorities would cut enforcement in half, yet still implemented them.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Our deposition provides even more proof that the Biden administration is intentionally underenforcing federal immigration law in a way that has never been seen. At every phase of the process, Biden is purposely failing to enforce the law and detain and remove inadmissible immigrants. Career ICE officials warned the administration that their reckless policies would drastically cut enforcement and still Biden continued to implement them—proving yet again, we only have Biden to blame for the border crisis and the surge in American deaths from Mexican fentanyl.” More.
Attorney General Moody and Clay County Sheriff Cook's Offices Shut Down Fentanyl Trafficking Operation—Enough Seized to Kill 4 Million Floridians
Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office teamed up to shut down a fentanyl trafficking operation in Clay County. At a news conference in Clay County, Attorney General Moody announced that as a result of the investigation, CCSO arrested two suspects who ordered and then distributed large quantities of fentanyl to other dealers in Clay and Duval counties. Authorities seized more than eight kilograms of fentanyl, along with assorted amounts of other drugs and various paraphernalia. This is enough fentanyl to kill more than 4 million people—the populations of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lake, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, Union and Volusia counties combined.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, "Fentanyl is killing Americans at a record pace, and these drug traffickers compiled enough of this deadly synthetic opioid to kill everyone within 18 counties of their criminal operation. Thankfully, working with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, we were able to take these deadly drugs off the streets before they could kill Floridians.” More.
Attorney General Moody Calls on FCC to Require More Voice Service Providers to Adopt Anti-Robocall Protections
Attorney General Ashley Moody called on the Federal Communications Commission to require telephone providers that route calls across the U.S. telephone network to implement more rigorous measures that prevent illegal and fraudulent robocalls from bombarding Americans. Attorney General Moody, along with 50 other attorneys general, replied to the FCC in support of the proposed rule changes.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “I am joining attorneys general from across the nation urging the FCC to strengthen federal rules to ensure gateway providers are doing everything they can to protect Americans from unlawful robocalls.” More.
Mother-Daughter Duo Defrauds Medicaid Out of More Than $100,000
Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Miami-Dade Police Department arrested Andrea Lozada Granados and Virna Granados for defrauding the Medicaid Program out of more than $100,000. The mother-daughter duo allegedly billed Medicaid for psycho-social rehabilitation services never rendered for six recipients.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “I’m glad we were able to stop this Medicaid fraud scheme ripping off the taxpayers of Florida. Now this mother-daughter duo will have to answer for this six-figure criminal scheme to defraud a taxpayer-funded program.” More.
Attorney General Moody Secures 25-Year Prison Sentence for Fraudster Who Stole Life Savings from Eight Florida Seniors
Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution secured a 25-year prison sentence for a woman who ripped off eight Florida seniors, including a retired police officer. A jury found Susan Anderson guilty of conducting identity theft and fraudulent schemes, stealing nearly $2 million from family and friends. At the sentencing, the Honorable Judge Steven Toner noted that the facts of the case were some of the most horrific that have ever been presented in his courtroom.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This woman lied about having terminal cancer and forced her family to beg for money from friends to help pay for treatment she didn’t need and never received. Her lies convinced eight Florida seniors to deplete their life savings in order to help her. These are appalling crimes, but thanks to my Office of Statewide Prosecution, she will now serve 25 years behind bars for ripping off Florida seniors.” More.
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody held a joint news conference with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in Jacksonville to highlight a massive fentanyl drug bust that resulted in the arrest of two suspects.
The Florida Attorney General's Office will host a job fair in Tallahassee with CareerSource Florida on Sept. 27. View the video below for more information.