FORT MYERS, Fla.- Doug Molloy, the face and voice of the U.S. Attorney's office in Fort Myers for nearly a quarter-century, is now retired, and starting a new phase of his life. He spoke with WINK News about his time as a federal prosecutor.
"I am most proud of the fact that it didn't matter who you are, or your status or how much money you have, if you harm the hopes and dreams of people here, we're going to do all we can to send you to prison," said Molloy.
He arrived in Fort Myers in 1990, and says, it was a very different place then.
"Many people believed that it was a community for the rich and powerful, they would not be prosecuted, and people had seen that and believed it," said Molloy. "We have shown, no one is above the law, and it doesn't matter who you are or how powerful. If you take advantage of the elderly or the weak, we are going to investigate, prosecute, convict you, and send you to prison."
Molloy and his team had successful prosecutions against a county commissioner, in a case that became known as sex, lies and videotape; and with cases against a motorcycle gang leader, and against a Mafia hit man.
"I had to have a bodyguard during those last two cases," Molloy recalled.
He refuses to speculate on the possible sentence for former Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall. He does say of the FBI interviews with local elected officials.
"We're always interested in people who get into office, and then who are more interested in their own gain. If somebody took advantage of their office, their position, there's always going to be charges," said Molloy.
The former prosecutor now starts a new phase in his life. As of Monday the 18th, Doug Molloy said he is offering his services as a criminal defense attorney and a consultant on jury selection.