Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 40 • Oct. 11, 2019
Attorney General Moody's Week In Review


This week, I convened the first meeting of the Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse. Florida is losing 17 lives a day to the national opioid epidemic and this new task force will help the state better coordinate efforts to stop the destruction caused by addiction.

As Chair of the task force, I am committed to finding innovated approaches and best practices that can be implemented across Florida to save lives and help communities heal. Our 21-member team will focus on researching and assessing the nature of opioid drug abuse. We will also develop a statewide strategy to identify best practices to combat the opioid epidemic through education, treatment, prevention, recovery and law enforcement efforts.

Ahead of our inaugural meeting, my office launched a new statewide resource to help Floridians join in the fight. Dose of Reality is a one-stop shop of information about opioid addiction and resources for businesses, caregivers, educators, medical professionals, parents, seniors, students, veterans and others.

To visit the site, click here.

Ending this crisis is crucial work, and the task force is an important weapon in the battle to stop substance abuse and save lives. From my very first day in office, I have made ending this crisis a top priority, and as Chair of this vital task force, I take seriously the responsibility of identifying proven strategies and innovative ideas that we can implement across our state.

Please join us on this important mission. Working together we can save lives and build a stronger, safer Florida.

In the News
A/C repair company’s elder fraud included charging an 89-year-old $21,000, AG Moody says, Miami Herald

Tampa theft rings shipped diapers, shoes and watches as far as Cuba, Tampa Bay Times

Two large retail theft rings busted in Hillsborough County, ABC Action News

Attorney General pressing investigation into Tampa Bay contractor, WFLA Tampa

Ashley Moody visits Santa Rosa County to praise work of deputies, WEAR Pensacola

SRSO 'four-legged heroes' earn Back the Blue awards for rescuing lost Pace toddler, Pensacola News Journal

Santa Rosa County deputies and dogs get Back The Blue award, WKRG Pensacola

Protecting Floridians
VIDEO BACK THE BLUE ALERT: Attorney General Moody Recognizes Two Bloodhounds for Helping Law Enforcement Rescue Lost Boy


Attorney General Ashley Moody presented Back the Blue Awards to two bloodhounds from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. K9s Copper and Zinc recently helped find a three-year-old boy with autism who went missing in a wooded area. Copper and Zinc searched the area and located the boy 200 yards away. The K9s found the boy in less than 30 minutes with just a few scratches and no serious injuries.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Copper and Zinc are treasured partners to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. It is because of Copper and Zinc that this young boy is safe and reunited with his family. I want to thank Deputies Robert Lenzo and Josh Chandler for taking such good care of their K9s and training them so well. I am sure this latest rescue mission will not be the last success story we hear involving Copper and Zinc.”
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Attorney General Moody Announces Lawsuit Against Air Conditioning Company Victimizing Seniors

Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a lawsuit against Air Time Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. and its principal Anthony Gonzalez. Air Time allegedly deceived many consumers, including seniors, with high-priced quotes for unnecessary service or unneeded replacement of air conditioning systems or parts.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “It is outrageous that a company would swindle consumers with such deceitful business practices. Our office is committed to investigating allegations of illegal conduct and enforcing the laws that protect consumers. Taking advantage of unsuspecting seniors and other consumers will not be tolerated in Florida.” More.


Events
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody convened the first meeting of the Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse in Tallahassee. To watch the task force meeting in its entirety, click here.


Attorney General Moody speaking with reporters in the Cabinet Meeting Room at the first Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse meeting.



Attorney General Moody presenting Back the Blue awards to bloodhounds Copper and Zinc, along with their handlers—Santa Rosa County Sheriff Deputies Josh Chandler and Robert Lenzo. Copper and Zinc located a lost three-year-old boy in Santa Rosa County. To watch a short video of the award presentation, click here.




Attorney General Moody announcing a recent retail theft investigation and arrest at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.



October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and Attorney General Moody met with Cyber Florida Director Sri Sridharan and University of South Florida Dean Dr. Robert Bishop in Tampa. Attorney General Moody is thankful to Cyber Florida and USF’s commitment to prevent cybercrime in Florida.



Attorney General Moody in Washington D.C. meeting with Stacie Harris, the Department of Justice’s National Coordinator for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction, about ending human trafficking.