Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 3, Issue 41 • Oct. 15, 2021
Attorney General Moody's Week In Review

This week, I launched our brand-new nationwide law enforcement recruitment initiative, Be A Florida Hero. Our goal—encourage job seekers from across the country and within our own state to pursue law enforcement careers here in Florida.

According to the National Police Foundation, a majority of police departments across our country experienced staffing shortages in 2020. Reports attribute these shortages to budget cuts, low officer morale due to the nationwide protests against the profession and increasing retirement rates.

Florida is the most pro-law enforcement state in the nation. We want officers from areas that do not value their service to know that here in the Sunshine State, we back our blue. Our state enjoys a long tradition of supporting law enforcement, and we have leadership that understands and appreciates what it takes to protect and serve.

As the wife of a law enforcement officer and as Attorney General, I see the struggles that many leaders in this profession are facing while trying to do their jobs with fewer officers.

That is why, I created a first-of-its-kind, one-stop shop for anyone seeking to protect and serve in the Sunshine State. Our new recruitment website includes an interactive map of Florida where users can click on different areas of the state and see exactly where open law enforcement jobs are located. To learn more, click here.

I am encouraging anyone looking to begin a law enforcement career or relocate to our state, to join one of our great agencies—where you will always have the tools and support you need to do your job and help us build a Stronger, Safer Florida.

In the News
Florida launches nationwide law enforcement recruitment initiative with new website, WJXT Jacksonville

'Be a Florida hero': AG Ashley Moody looks to bring out-of-state law enforcement officers to Florida, CBS 10 Tampa Bay

Don’t fall for this scam offering to put vaccination status on your driver’s license, WJXT Jacksonville

AG Moody sues Olympus Pools over hundreds of unfinished jobs, ABC Action News Tampa

Ashley Moody warns of ‘bad pills,’ blames porous border, Florida Politics

Florida AG Ashley Moody issues warning about counterfeit pills, 104.5 WOKV Jacksonville

Protecting Floridians
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Warns Floridians About Lethal Counterfeit Pills Flooding the Black Market

Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning Floridians about the recent explosion in deadly counterfeit pills confiscated nationwide. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration recently seized 1.8 million fentanyl-laced pills in a two-month nationwide sting that launched on Aug. 3. Since the start of 2021, officials have seized more than 9.5 million counterfeit pills—an increase of nearly 430% since 2019. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin and is an accelerating force behind the increase in drug overdose deaths.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “We are seeing a nationwide increase in the amount of fentanyl coming across our border. We are also seeing a dramatic spike in the number of overdose deaths attributed to fentanyl. As Florida’s Attorney General and as a mother, I don’t want anyone to abuse drugs, but please be especially warned that if you take a pill from anyone other than your doctor, you may be risking your life. Just one dose of fentanyl can kill, and with an increasing number of these counterfeit pills circulating throughout the country, the message is more important today than ever before.”

CONSUMER ALERT: Beware of Vaccine Status License Scam

Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a Consumer Alert warning Floridians of a new COVID-19 vaccination text scam. There have been reports of fraudulent text messages being sent to Floridians asking for driver license details in order to remake licenses that show vaccination status. The text messages provide a link that sends targets to a spoofed Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website with input boxes requesting Social Security and driver license information—including a place to upload a photocopy of a driver license.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “COVID-19 cases have decreased drastically across the state, but that hasn’t stopped scammers from finding new angles to exploit the pandemic. Please be on the lookout for phony messages and remember that the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will never reach out via text and ask for personal information. Florida is not updating driver licenses to include proof of vaccination—any solicitation making this claim is a scam that should be reported immediately.”

VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Issues Safety Tips In Recognition of National Crime Prevention Month

In recognition of National Crime Prevention Month, Attorney General Ashley Moody is encouraging Floridians to take precautions to avoid becoming a victim of crime. For the past 50 years, Florida has continued to enjoy an overall decrease in crime. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s 2020 Annual Uniform Crime Report, overall crime was down 14.1% last year. However, nationally, there is an increase in violent crime, including murder. According to recent reports, 2020 saw a 30% increase in homicides nationwide from 2019.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Preventing crime is not just a job for law enforcement, it is incumbent on each of us as responsible citizens to take steps to increase public safety. While Florida is enjoying a crime rate that has fallen for 50 straight years, nationally we are seeing lawlessness on the rise—especially in major cities. National Crime Prevention Month is a great time to reexamine the precautions you are taking to protect yourself, your family and your neighbors from falling victim to crime.”

Attorney General Moody Sues Pool Company That Took $8 Million for Pools Never Built

Attorney General Ashley Moody is taking legal action against a Florida pool company and its owner for taking upfront payments and leaving jobs incomplete. According to an investigation by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, Olympus Pools, Inc. and owner James I. Staten, Jr. accepted payments from hundreds of consumers in exchange for contracted pool services, then failed to perform the services as promised—often leaving consumers with giant holes on their property.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Floridians paid thousands of dollars upfront in order to have pools professionally constructed on their properties. What most received in exchange for these huge payments were destroyed backyards and a lack of funds to pay another company to complete the work. People save for years in order to fund a pool project. In a matter of months, the defendants were able to drain the savings of hundreds of customers. We will not permit these deceptive trade practices in Florida, and my Consumer Protection Division will continue to seek justice and restitution for those harmed by the defendants.” More.

Attorney General Moody Announces 25-Year Prison Sentence for Opioid Trafficker

Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a 25-year prison sentence for an opioid trafficker. Attorney General Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution secured a conviction for Jorel Cruz Nazario for trafficking more than 60 grams of heroin. In addition to the lengthy prison sentence received, Nazario will also be required to pay a $500,000 fine.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Twenty-five years in prison ought to make it quite clear where we stand when it comes to trafficking deadly opioids in the state of Florida. These actions will not be tolerated, and you will be punished severely for attempting to flood our state with these lethal drugs. I am thankful for my Office of Statewide Prosecution for bringing this criminal to justice.”

This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a first-of-its-kind, law enforcement recruitment tool—Be A Florida Hero. The initiative is designed to attract law enforcement officers from across the country to continue their service in Florida. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister and other law enforcement leaders joined Attorney General Moody in Tampa to unveil the new, innovative initiative.

Job seekers can access an interactive map of career opportunities in Florida through the Be A Florida Hero website by clicking here. By clicking each county, users can access thousands of openings through hundreds of different law enforcement agencies in Florida.