Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
This week has been absolutely tragic. My heart breaks for those struck by the devastation in Surfside and all of those impacted by this unfathomable disaster. Several tenants of the building have already passed, and many more are still unaccounted for at this time.
Within minutes after the collapse, first responders were on the scene and they continue to work tirelessly to locate the missing. This is an extremely dangerous undertaking, and I am grateful for all of the brave men and women who continue to work day and night to help their fellow Floridians.
When disaster strikes, Florida’s first responders run toward the danger without hesitation, risking their own safety to rescue others. While this scene continues to unfold and we begin to better understand the full extent of the loss, let’s keep these courageous first responders and all of those impacted by the Surfside building collapse in our prayers.
Justin and I are also praying for the Daytona Beach Police Officer fighting for his life after being shot in the head. The coward who attacked him is still on the run, and I am urging anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to please contact law enforcement immediately. Tips can be filed anonymously from anywhere in Florida by dialing **TIPS from a cellphone. This fugitive is extremely dangerous, and we must apprehend him before he can harm anyone else.
These are extremely challenging times, but when tragedy strikes, Floridians come together. Please continue to pray.
Attorney General Moody Holds Roundtable with South Florida Legal Leaders and Venezuelan Exiles to Discuss the Dangers of Court Packing
Attorney General Ashley Moody held a roundtable discussion with legal leaders including former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Rep. Daniel Perez and Venezuelan Supreme Court Justices in exile. The discussion, held at Florida International University, comes a week before the second meeting of President Joe Biden’s Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. The president’s commission is examining the expansion of SCOTUS—a political power-grab maneuver known as court packing, which has led to the demise of democracies around the world.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This blatant attempt by the Biden administration and members of Congress to pack our nation’s highest court is an affront to our democracy. I will continue to do everything in my power to shine a light on this startling political power grab. During this roundtable discussion, I encouraged participants to submit public comments to President Biden’s commission, so members deliberating the merits of expanding the court understand the disastrous effects from manipulating a nation’s highest court and that we that we stand ready to oppose any calculated undermining of American democracy.” More.
Former Assisted Living Employee Arrested for Striking 87-Year-Old Alzheimer’s Resident in the Face
Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Miami-Dade Police Department arrested a woman for abusing a disabled senior. According to an investigation by Attorney General Moody’s MFCU, Mayte Todd-Molina, a former assisted living home employee, struck an 87-year-old resident suffering from Alzheimer’s in the face on two separate occasions.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “It is incredibly sad to see a caregiver abuse a patient. Floridians utilize assisted living facilities once they are no longer able to take care of themselves and trust that caregivers will help, not harm them. The suspect in this case has been apprehended and will have to face a court and answer for these reprehensible acts.” More.
Attorney General Moody Secures $2 Million Payment from Medicrea to Resolve False Claims and Kickback Allegations
Attorney General Ashley Moody, working with state and federal partners, is securing more than $2 million following an investigation into a health care kickback scheme. Florida recently joined the United States federal government and six other states in settling allegations against Medicrea USA, Inc. and Medicrea International, d/b/a Medicrea, for involvement in purported kickbacks.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This company tried to buy its way into big business by gifting alcohol, fine dining and travel to physicians in exchange for the purchase and recommendation of its products—at the expense of the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program. I’m proud to work with other state attorneys general in holding this company accountable for its dubious scheme, in order to protect patients and the taxpayers of Florida.” More.
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody held a roundtable discussion with South Florida legal leaders and Venezuela Supreme Court Justices in exile at Florida International University in Miami.