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As these two counties continue to fall within the predicted path of Hurricane Sally, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in those counties and Moody expanded the Price Gouging Hotline respectively.
Florida remains under a state of emergency due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued the emergency declaration in March. Following the declaration, Moody activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline for consumers to file complaints related to essential commodities needed to prevent contracting the virus.
Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to civil penalties of $1,000 per violation and up to a total of $25,000 for multiple violations committed in a single 24-hour period.
Moody’s team’s efforts include “issuing investigative subpoenas, securing refunds and working to address consumer concerns in real time” through its consumer hotline and various efforts.
This week, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody showcased her office’s efforts to crackdown on price gouging during the coronavirus pandemic.
Moody assembled a Rapid Response Team to quickly respond to reports of unlawful price increases. Since Gov. Ron DeSantis’ COVID-19 emergency declaration activating Florida’s price gouging laws, Moody’s office has issued dozens of subpoenas, deactivated more than 100 online posts and secured thousands in direct refunds for consumers.
The scams run the gambit from text messages and phone calls to imposters posing as health workers offering free COVID-19 tests. Moody called for Floridians to be on the lookout for scams and never give out personal or financial information to solicitors.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and the three U.S. attorneys teamed up on Thursday to warn Floridians about scams related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Following an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis focused on coronavirus, on Tuesday, state Attorney General Ashley Moody activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline for all consumers in the state.