Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
This Sunday, Super Bowl LIV will light up South Florida. It’s an exciting time and we are lucky that Florida has the honor of hosting this worldwide event. Hundreds of thousands of fans are in Florida to watch the game and participate in the festivities. While the visitors create a boom for our economy, we know criminals will exploit the occasion.
In the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, authorities arrested 169 individuals on charges related to human trafficking. Nine juvenile sex trafficking victims were rescued—the youngest was just 14 years old. Other victims were also identified, and overall efforts to keep fans safe were a success.
But those efforts would not have been so successful without months of planning and strong partnerships among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies working with the private sector. That is why, I have spent the past several months meeting with leaders in the trucking, rideshare and hotel industries to bolster our anti-human trafficking efforts.
We are partnering with Uber so their drivers can be our eyes and ears on the streets looking out for human trafficking victims. We are also teaming up with Truckers Against Trafficking, the Florida Trucking Association and the hotel industry to enlist more soldiers in our campaign to stop this atrocious crime.
You too can help end human trafficking in Florida. Visit YouCanStopHT.com to learn what to look for and who to call if you see something suspicious.
By working together to stop human trafficking and rescue victims, we will build a Stronger, Safer Florida.
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Hosts Sheriffs at the State Capitol for Florida Sheriffs Day
For the second year in a row, Attorney General Ashley Moody opened the doors of her Capitol Office to Sheriffs from around the state. Supporting and defending Florida’s courageous law enforcement officers is a major focus of Attorney General Moody’s administration, and hosting Florida Sheriffs during Sheriffs Day at the State Capitol to show gratitude is a new annual tradition.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “People may not think about their county Sheriff on a day-to-day basis, but when things go horribly wrong and danger approaches, we turn to these brave men and women of Florida law enforcement to protect our communities. As the wife of a law enforcement officer, I know the risks our Sheriffs face daily, and so I will always take every opportunity I can to say thank you and support the great work these courageous men and women do to keep us safe.” More.
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Celebrates Senior Day at the Florida Capitol Highlighting the Attorney General Senior Protection Team
Attorney General Ashley Moody is highlighting the successes of the Attorney General Senior Protection Team in recognition of Senior Day at the Florida Capitol. Attorney General Moody announced the new intra-agency team last March in an effort to crack down on fraud directed at seniors, and already the group is responsible for more than $230,000 in recoveries for Florida seniors. These recoveries are in addition to the more than $153 million obtained through settlements and court-ordered relief by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division last year for consumers of all ages.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “I am proud of the work my team is doing to protect Florida seniors from fraud and the successes they have already achieved for older Floridians. In less than a year, this team of highly-skilled attorneys and investigators has recovered thousands of dollars fighting fraud and is relentlessly pursuing criminals preying on Florida’s seniors and retirees.” More.
Attorney General Moody’s Statement on the Appointment of a Special Prosecutor in the Nicole Montalvo Murder Case
Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following statement thanking Governor Ron DeSantis for appointing a special prosecutor in the Nicole Montalvo murder case:
“Today, Governor DeSantis took bold action to ensure fair and effective justice in the Nicole Montalvo murder case, and I would like to thank the Governor for taking my request and the concerns of the victim’s family seriously.
“As a former judge and prosecutor, I was unsettled by the situation in Osceola County and feared it was escalating in a manner not conducive to the ends of justice. With the appointment of State Attorney Brad King, I am encouraged that the Montalvo family will receive the justice they deserve.”
Attorney General Moody and Sheriff Chronister Announce Multi-Agency Racketeering Bust
On January 28, 2020, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister announced the arrests of six individuals following a three month, multi-agency racketeering bust.
Sheriff Chronister was joined by Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco and Tampa Police Deputy Chief Lee Bercaw.
The investigation, dubbed "Operation Trifecta," started in the Odessa, Keystone and Lutz areas. Detectives from HCSO's District III Office identified a residential burglary trend in those areas from September to November of last year. The defendants would arrive in a white van, dressed as construction or utility workers. They would break in through the backs of victims' homes, either through windows or sliding glass doors.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “These criminals broke into dozens of Florida homes and stole more than a million dollars’ worth of goods—all while disguised as utility servicemen and construction professionals. Thanks to the diligent efforts of my Statewide Prosecutors working with local law enforcement, the members of this burglary ring are out of these disguises and in inmate uniforms where they belong.” More.
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody joined President Donald J. Trump and Ivanka Trump for the President's Summit on Human Trafficking in Washington D.C. recognizing the 20th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
Attorney General Moody welcomed Florida sheriffs to her Capitol Office for Sheriffs Day. This is the second straight year Attorney General Moody has hosted sheriffs on this occasion as a way of saying thank you to these law enforcement leaders.
Attorney General Moody meeting with Big Brothers Big Sisters leaders from across Florida. Attorney General Moody encourages law enforcement officers to mentor at-risk kids through the Bigs in Blue program. For more about the Attorney General's partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, click here.
Attorney General Moody speaking to members of the Florida Division of Emergency Management about price gouging inside Florida’s Historic Capitol on Emergency Managers Day.
Attorney General Moody speaking to representatives of the PACE Center for Girls organization in the Florida Capitol.
Attorney General Moody with PACE Center for Girls founder Vicki Burke and Mallorie, a child from Pasco County in the PACE program who introduced the Attorney General at the event.
Attorney General Moody greeting members of her Senior Protection Team and Seniors v. Crime during Senior Day at the Florida Capitol. For more on the Attorney General’s Senior Protection Team, click here.
Attorney General Moody with Florida Bar President John Stewart in her Capitol Office.