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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Nine Bills

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills:
HB 59 – Provision of Homeowners’ Association Rules and Covenants

CS/HB 141 – Economic Development

CS/CS/CS/HB 149 – Continuing Contracts

CS/HB 293 – Hurricane Protections for Homeowners’ Associations

CS/HB 481 – Building Construction Regulations and System Warranties

CS/HB 535 – Low-voltage Alarm System Projects

CS/HB 705 – Public Works Projects

CS/CS/SB 556 – Protection of Specified Adults

CS/SB 644 – Rural Emergency Hospitals

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VIDEO ALERT: Protect Yourself from Summer Scams! Attorney General Ashley Moody Warns Floridians about Online Shopping Frauds

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla (FNN) — Attorney General Ashley Moody kicks off the 2024 Summer Scam Series: Sunny Days and Shady Deals edition, cautioning Floridians about prevalent online shopping scams. As summer brings enticing sales from online retailers, scammers exploit the surge in traffic by setting up fake websites to deceive consumers with malware and phishing attempts. Attorney General Moody’s “Scams at a Glance: E-Commerce Cons” provides essential tips to safely navigate these seasonal shopping events.

 

“Summer sales attract a lot of online activity, and scammers seize every opportunity to exploit unsuspecting shoppers,” said Attorney General Moody. “We’re launching our 2024 Summer Scams Series to warn about these scams and empower consumers to protect themselves.”

“Scams at a Glance: E-Commerce Cons” outlines common online shopping schemes expected this summer and advises:

  • Verify the legitimacy of online shopping sites before entering payment details.
  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited messages.
  • Exercise caution if a deal seems too good to be true.
  • Use credit cards for safer transactions with additional consumer protections.
  • Refrain from paying through third-party sources when purchasing.

Access “Scams at a Glance: E-Commerce Cons” in English here and in Spanish here.

To report online shopping scams or fraudulent activities, visit MyFloridaLegal.com or call 1(866) 9NO-SCAM.

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Five Bills

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills:

CS/HB 1347
Consumer Finance Loans
CS/SB 1600 – Interstate Mobility
CS/SB 7040 – Ratification of the Department of Environmental Protection’s Rules Relating to Stormwater
CS/CS/SB 736 – Services Provided by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles or Its Agents

CS/CS/SB 770 – Improvements to Real Property

To view the transmittal letters, click here and here.

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Attorney General Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution Charge Nine Individuals in Fentanyl Trafficking Ring

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution today announced the shutdown of a fentanyl trafficking ring. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested 64 individuals involved in the trafficking organization and Attorney General Moody’s Statewide Prosecutors are charging nine of the defendants with felony counts of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, conspiracy to commit RICO and fentanyl trafficking among other charges. The group, led by Hector Torres, Miguel Castro-Rivera and Luis Delgado, sold fentanyl throughout Polk and Osceola counties. The investigation uncovered that most of the transactions originated from two businesses, a fish-and-bait shop and a motorcycle shop, owned by two of the ring’s conspirators. Over the course of the investigation, authorities seized 742 grams of fentanyl, enough to kill 371,000 Floridians.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Florida leads the nation in fentanyl seizures, and this case is yet another example of how Sheriff Grady Judd and his deputies are leaders in helping us remove deadly drugs from our streets. Working with Polk County deputies and FDLE, we were able to seize 742 grams of fentanyl in two counties. That is enough poison to kill 371,000 Floridians, and I have no doubt that this drug-interdiction operation saved lives.”

According to the PCSO investigation, Torres, Castro-Rivera and Delgado, and co-conspirators Pilar Rivera, Wilma Fuentes Laureano, Norberto Otero, Jr., Luis Lopez Torres, Abel Flores and Jeimylee Rivera, sold fentanyl in Polk and Osceola counties. The group generally sold small quantities of the deadly substance in an attempt to avoid detection by authorities. The trafficking ring used countersurveillance techniques, such as cameras outside residences and businesses, multiple cellphones and changing the location of drug deals when possible. In addition to the 742 grams of fentanyl, authorities seized more than 3,500 grams of cocaine, 13 grams of methamphetamine, 57 grams of oxycodone and more than 228 grams of marijuana.

Attorney General Moody’s Statewide Prosecutors charged Torres, Castro-Rivera and Delgado with RICO, a first-degree felony. All defendants except Flores are charged with conspiracy to RICO, a first-degree felony. Rivera, Delgado and Fuentes are additionally charged with trafficking in fentanyl, a first-degree felony. Flores is charged with sale of fentanyl, a second-degree felony.

Attorney General Moody’s OSP will prosecute the nine defendants’ cases. The remaining single-judicial circuit cases will be handled by the local state attorney.

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