Attorney General Moody’s office is investigating a fake fundraising account claiming to be a Memorial Fund for Late FHP Master Sargeant Daniel Hinton.Yesterday, Moody directed her Consumer Protection Division to investigate the fake fundraising account that used the image of the fallen Florida Highway Patrol Master Sargeant to solicit donations.
The account is now offline, but it was hosted by the fundraising website GoGetFunding, and it used the name and image of the Sgt. It also noted that Hinton’s wife, Julie Hinton, was serving as the fundraising administrator.
Attorney General Moody commented that “Our Consumer Protection Investigators are acting with a sense of urgency to get to the bottom of this fake fundraising account and hold responsible whoever is behind this disrespectful, deceitful attempt to profit off the suffering of our law enforcement community. Master Sargeant Hinton is a law enforcement hero, and it infuriates me that anyone would use his legacy to try and steal from Floridians.”
The intended goal of money to raise was $5,000, and someone had donated $25 before the site was taken down.
Hinton suffered cardiac arrest this week during a training exercise, and he later passed away in the hospital.