Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
Unimaginable tragedy struck Florida last week as a high-rise condo in Surfside collapsed in the middle of the night. My heart breaks for all of those impacted by this unfathomable disaster, and my prayers are with their families and our first responders working around the clock to locate the missing. I’ve seen firsthand their bravery and determination—risking their own safety in an effort to rescue others.
It’s not just Florida first responders—people are traveling from all over the country and the world to help with this enormous undertaking. I’ve witnessed remarkable generosity and selfless actions by those on the scene of this catastrophe, as efforts to help victims and their families continue into another week.
While these actions are so inspiring, I want to warn Floridians that bad actors may try to take advantage of the situation. I’m urging those who wish to donate to be cautious of scammers exploiting the Surfside building collapse for their own financial profit.
Floridians can guard against charity scams by:
For more information on charity scams, check out our new Consumer Alert here.
As many Floridians gather this weekend to celebrate Independence Day, remember to keep those impacted by the Surfside building collapse in your prayers, as first responders will continue to work hard throughout the weekend and beyond to locate those who remain missing.
- Contacting the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance at Give.org or Charity Navigator to determine whether a charity has any complaints against them before donating;
- Researching how the charity uses donations; and
- Refraining from providing banking information to unsolicited calls or emails on behalf of a charity.
Medicaid Provider Arrested for Stealing More Than $5,000 from Taxpayer-Funded Program
Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Medicaid home and community-based services provider. According to an investigation by MFCU, Diane Ellis allegedly defrauded the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $5,000 over the course of three years.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Exploiting the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program, along with the vulnerable patients in need of care, will never be allowed in this state. Excellent work by my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in bringing this fraudster to justice.” More.
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Announces Super Senior Sleuths and Sleuth Advocate of the Year
Attorney General Ashley Moody is recognizing this year’s top five Seniors vs. Crime volunteers for their work in stopping scams and assisting consumers, as well as announcing this year’s Sleuth Advocate of the Year. This is the third year Attorney General Moody is honoring the top five volunteers—earning the title of Super Senior Sleuths. Senior Sleuths work with the Seniors vs. Crime Project to help older Floridians who have been scammed or are being treated unfairly in the marketplace.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “In Florida, we fight to protect our seniors. When I heard about the extraordinary efforts of these Seniors vs. Crime Super Senior Sleuths, I was inspired. These volunteers freely give of their time and talents to aide vulnerable consumers, and I’m proud to honor these Super Senior Sleuths for their efforts to protect older Floridians.
“I’m proud to name David Linderman the 2020-2021 Seniors vs. Crime Advocate of the Year. David’s determination to help seniors, often working alone throughout the COVID-19 pandemic from home, is admirable. While many were struggling to adapt to new social distancing measures, David not only adjusted successfully—he volunteered for additional work. Florida’s seniors are lucky to have David, as well as the rest of our stellar Super Senior Sleuths, on their side.” More.
Attorney General Moody Provides Online Safety Tips for Floridians During Internet Safety Month
This National Internet Safety Month, Attorney General Ashley Moody is reminding Floridians to be responsible online. The internet continues to be an important part of Floridian’s lives, with even more activity moving online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, identity thieves, fraudsters, sexual predators and human traffickers also use the internet to commit heinous crimes. It is important to regularly review online safety measures to avoid falling prey to any of these devious online schemes.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “In the internet age, we can buy groceries, clothes, or even a new car with a few clicks of the mouse, but we can also unknowingly invite fraudsters, thieves or even sexual predators into our lives. While the internet can be a great tool to improve our everyday lives, we must make sure we are taking measures to increase the safety and security of our finances and our families online.” More.