Attorney General Moody's Week In Review

The 2021 Hurricane Season starts next week, and with a possibly active season approaching, now is the time to make sure preparations are in place. Earlier this week, my office released the 2021 Hurricane Preparedness Guide—full of information about storms and tips to help Floridians get ready. Last year, we experienced a record-breaking 30 named storms, including six major hurricanes. This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an active season with 13 to 20 named storms developing—and six to 10 of those storms becoming hurricanes.

As Floridians, we have all seen the damage that tropical storms and hurricanes can cause. That is why, it is so important to prepare now rather than scramble later should a storm rage towards your community. Our preparedness guide can help you get ahead.

It details the latest information about major storm events, suggestions for preparing your home for a hurricane strike and tips for avoiding scams in the aftermath of destruction. The guide also features information on one of the most common consumer complaints reported during hurricane season—price gouging.

To access the 2021 Hurricane Preparedness Guide, click here.

The safety of your family, pets and property may depend on the preparations you make today, so I want to urge all Floridians to use this resource to make a plan now—ahead of hurricane season.

Stay safe, Florida.
Ashley Moody
Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Moody Leads Effort to Pass the Fraud and Scam Reduction Act

Attorney General Ashley Moody is leading efforts to pass the Fraud and Scam Reduction Act. The act, comprised of the Stop Senior Scam Act and the Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2021, will assist stakeholders in training employees to recognize the warning signs of elder fraud and to prevent irreversible damage to elderly victims. Attorney General Moody is joined by a bipartisan group of 47 other attorneys general writing in support of the bill to congressional leaders.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Florida is home to more than 5 million seniors and they deserve to enjoy their golden years free of worry from scammers trying to target them. That is why I am urging our congressional leaders to pass this important legislation. Senior protection has always been an important mission of my office and I will continue to fight to protect Florida seniors.” More.

VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Highlights Military and Veteran Assistance Program in Recognition of Military Appreciation Month

Attorney General Ashley Moody is recognizing May as Military Appreciation Month by highlighting consumer protection resources for military members, veterans and their families. The Attorney General’s Military and Veteran Assistance Program actively assists military members and veterans who may have been targeted by businesses and individuals that engage in unfair methods of competition or deceptive and unfair trade practices.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Our military members and veterans have sacrificed so much for our country. We can never thank them enough for their service, but we can show our appreciation and offer support when needed. My office’s Military and Veteran Assistance Program works diligently to ensure that our active duty, guard and reserve members, and veterans of the Armed Forces are protected from unscrupulous businesses and individuals. MVAP also assists the families of these courageous Americans.” More.

VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Highlights National Drug Court Month

Attorney General Ashley Moody is recognizing National Drug Court Month by highlighting the uses and benefits of drug courts. Drug courts are specialized problem-solving courts that assist participants recovering from drug addiction while reducing future criminal activity and can sometimes provide an alternative to incarceration. Drug courts promote rehabilitation through a court-supervised process, all while incentivizing a defendant to stay drug-free.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “As a former judge, I saw every day the damage to lives and communities from drug and opioid abuse. Drug courts are an important component in our fight to end the deadly opioid epidemic claiming thousands of Floridians’ lives, and I thank the judges who are highly trained in addiction and who, many times, volunteer for these posts. By continuing to examine ways to reduce crime and improve our justice system, we will build a Stronger, Safer Florida.” More.

FDLE arrests six in ‘Operation Thou Shalt Not Steal’

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested four suspects who traveled throughout Florida and across the country stealing donations from hundreds of churches and parochial schools. Two suspects, Catalin Trandafir and Simona Trandafir remain at large.

The FDLE investigation began in December 2020 after Cape Coral Police Department identified 24 victim churches within Lee County plus additional victims outside their jurisdiction.

Investigators determined the suspects, all Romanian citizens, traveled to churches and stole donation checks from church mailboxes. The suspects operated out of Orlando but traveled throughout Florida and the United States, sometimes to as many as 85 churches a day. Many churches were victimized multiple times.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Churches depend on donations from generous members of the community to operate and serve those in need. It is despicable that this crime ring would exploit the selfless acts of kindness displayed through these donations for selfish greed. Thank you, to the law enforcement agencies that worked with my Office of Statewide Prosecution to bring these criminals to justice.” More.
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody announced the release of the 2021 Hurricane Preparedness Guide at a series of news conferences across the state.

Attorney General Moody with Tampa law enforcement officials.

Attorney General Moody with Miami Police Department Chief Art Acevedo.

Attorney General Moody speaking virtually to members of the Marion County Bar Association.

Attorney General Moody speaking virtually to the Florida Elder Justice Conference on senior protection efforts.