Attorney General Moody's Week In Review

This week, I had the pleasure of speaking to our law enforcement leaders at the Florida FBI National Academy Association Annual Retraining Conference in Sarasota. These leaders traveled from across the state to attend the conference, and I am so inspired by their commitment to public service.

Florida is the best state in the nation and our law enforcement play an important role in protecting our position at the top, as well as Floridians and the millions of visitors who flock here every year.

As a former judge and prosecutor, Attorney General and the wife of a law enforcement officer, supporting the men and women who stand on that thin blue line between chaos and order is a mission close to my heart.

One way we support these heroes is by ensuring the criminals they risk their lives to arrest face justice. Sadly, we are seeing so-called prosecutors in states outside of Florida turn their backs on the rule of law by refusing to hold criminals accountable.

The prosperity and security Florida enjoys today can be attributed, in large part, to the brave men and women throughout our history who have chosen a career of service over self. Some of them laid down their lives for our safety. I am moved by the courage of these fallen heroes, and each and every officer who chooses a life of service.

As I told the trainees during the conference, it’s because of people like them, that we are able to build a Stronger, Safer Florida.
Ashley Moody
Protecting Floridians
SUMMER SCAMS SERIES: Look Out for Online Shopping Scams Promoting ‘Summer Deals’

Continuing the Summer Scams Series, Attorney General Ashley Moody is issuing a Consumer Alert to warn Floridians about potential online shopping scams. Many online retailers host huge summer sales. Scammers may mimic these legitimate events to target consumers with malware, phishing texts and other messages designed to steal personal or financial information.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Summer sales are a popular way for online retailers to attract customers and promote seasonal items. Scammers know this and may exploit these shopping events by posing as representatives of major retailers to steal money or personal information from unsuspecting consumers. As we continue our Summer Scam Series, I am asking consumers to take a few proactive steps to avoid fake emails, text messages and websites designed to impersonate legitimate companies.”

Attorney General Moody Announces Arrest of a Man Charged with Stealing $150,000 Using Fake Credit Cards

Attorney General Ashley Moody announced the arrest of a Florida fugitive found in Texas. Kevin Anderson allegedly charged more than $150,000 to credit cards created using the personal information of 20 victims residing in Florida and internationally. Anderson’s arrest in Texas is the result of new felony charges of attempted robbery and fleeing and eluding. A multicircuit investigation revealed that Anderson stole several victims’ personal information to make fraudulent transactions by using recoded and embossed credit cards to appear like legitimate cards. Anderson used the fraudulent credit cards across the state to make transactions ranging from large-scale tire purchases, towing and auto-care services to pet food. Attorney General Moody’s Statewide Prosecutors will handle the case once Anderson is extradited to Florida.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “The suspect stole the personal information of at least 20 victims around the world, including many in Florida. He then used the information to make fake credit cards—racking up more than $150,000 in fraudulent charges. His crimes finally caught up with him in Texas, where he was arrested and eventually will be extradited to Florida to face my Statewide Prosecutors.” More.

VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Recognizes National Military Consumer Protection Month by Highlighting Resources for Service Members

To recognize Military Consumer Protection Month, Attorney General Ashley Moody is highlighting the plethora of resources available for service members through the Florida Attorney General’s Office. More than 1.5 million veterans, 100,000 service members and their families call Florida home. Unfortunately, there are scammers who focus on members of this community. To assist Florida military members and veterans, Attorney General Moody’s office published the Military Consumer Protection Resource Guide, with information about common scams targeting military members, veterans and their families, and guidance on existing laws and agencies that provide protections for service members. Another resource provided by Attorney General Moody is Scams at a Glance: Protect our Patriots. This quick-reference tool provides tips for avoiding fraudulent schemes. Attorney General Moody also staffs a Military and Veterans Assistance Program within the Consumer Protection Division that aids service members dealing with fraud and related issues.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This Military Consumer Protection Month, we are highlighting some of our resources designed to help protect those brave Americans who sacrifice so much in service to our nation. Sadly, some scammers attempt to exploit the military through scams designed to prey on service members, veterans and their families. Anyone who encounters one of these scams should contact my office immediately.” More.
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody spoke at the Florida FBI National Academy Association's 75th Anniversary Retraining Conference in Sarasota. Attorney General Moody met with law enforcement leaders and graduates of the FBI National Academy.

Attorney General Moody with Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt Hoffman and FBINAA Florida Chapter President Maj. Patty Wells.