BREAKING NEWS

AG Hawley Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Swearing In


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 9, 2018)  – To mark the one-year anniversary of his taking office, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today recognized the achievements of the past year. “Since taking office one year ago, my Office has vigorously defended the rights, safety, and well-being of Missourians,” Hawley said. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Jefferson County Contractor Sentenced to 10 Years for Home-Repair Fraud


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 9, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Donald J. Harralston, 34, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for financial exploitation of the elderly in the Jefferson County Circuit Court. Harralston promised seven Jefferson County homeowners he would perform repairs and roofing but instead took their down payments and then failed to do the work or provide any materials. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces First-Ever Legal Expense Fund Annual Report


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 10, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today sent the first Annual Report for the state’s Legal Expense Fund (LEF) to the General Assembly. The Report analyzes LEF expenditures and liabilities over the 2017 calendar year. Read more...

AG Hawley Files Two Lawsuits Alleging Sunshine Law Violations


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 18, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office has filed lawsuits alleging Sunshine Law violations in two separate Missouri counties. A lawsuit filed in Jefferson County alleges that a former Jefferson County Council Chair instructed a subordinate to destroy e-mails containing billing statements related to an outside law firm hired by the County Council. The lawsuit further alleges the former County Council Chair told the assistant to refrain from releasing the e-mails if requested.   Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Legislative Proposals to Strengthen Missouri Sunshine Law


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 22, 2018)  – Following a meeting with leaders of the Missouri Press Association, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced legislative proposals to strengthen enforcement of the Missouri Sunshine Law. The Attorney General’s Office has three proposals. The first creates a Transparency Division within the Attorney General’s Office. The second proposal asks for authorization to issue investigative subpoenas in the course of its public-record law investigations. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Release of Business Council Against Human Trafficking Training Videos


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 23, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today released anti-trafficking training videos, a key component of the Business Council Against Human Trafficking. The videos are available for viewing by employees and members of the council, as well as members of the public.  Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Announces Phelps County Sentencing


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 24, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Phelps County resident Christa Mueller has been sentenced to 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for her role in severely abusing her 17-month child in April of 2006. Mueller was convicted by a Phelps County jury in September 2017. Read more...

AG Hawley Reminds Consumers of Deadline to File Claim if Scammed via Western Union Payment


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 25, 2018) –Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley joined the Federal Trade Commission in alerting consumers who lost money to scammers who told them to pay via Western Union’s money transfer system between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, that they can now file a claim to get their money back by going to FTC.gov/WU before February 12, 2018. Read more...

Licensed Professional Counselor Pleads Guilty to $175,000 Medicaid Fraud Scheme


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 26, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Corrine A. Dale, of St. Louis, entered an open plea in St. Louis County Circuit Court to 15 felony counts in a case jointly prosecuted by the Attorney General and St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. Dale, a licensed professional counselor, stole $175,609.50 from Missouri’s Medicaid program by falsely billing and receiving payment for counseling services she never provided.    Read more...

AG Hawley Joins Bipartisan Coalition Urging Congress to Protect Employees from Sexual Harassment


Jefferson City, Mo. (February 13, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Hawley joined a bipartisan coalition of 56 states and territories urging Congress to end secret, forced arbitration in cases of workplace sexual harassment. Too often employees are required to sign employment contracts containing arbitration agreements mandating that sexual harassment claims be resolved through private arbitration instead of the judicial process. The secrecy surrounding these proceedings can protect serial violators and provide inadequate relief to victims.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Lafayette County Child Sex Abuse Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (February 14, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that a Lafayette County jury took just 80 minutes to find Arthur W. Sanders, 80, guilty of 11 counts of child molestation and sodomy for sexually abusing two female relatives. The abuse began when each girl was around 12 years old. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Six Charged with Defrauding Missouri’s Personal Care and Consumer Directed Services Programs of more than $49,000


Jefferson City, Mo. (February 15, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that his office, along with St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney Jereme Lytle, and Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jean Peters Baker, recently obtained indictments and charged personal care attendants Julius Terry (St. Louis), Reida Thornton (St. Louis), Felicia Ricks (Caruthersville), and Angel Zahnter (Kansas City) with defrauding Missouri’s Medicaid program. In addition, Medicaid recipient Joyce Terry (St. Louis) was indicted for defrauding Missouri’s Medicaid program and Medicaid recipient Michael Robinson (Caruthersville) was charged with conspiring to defraud Missouri’s Medicaid program.  Read more...

AG Hawley to Work with Women’s Foundation in Combatting Harassment and Discrimination in Missouri State Government


Jefferson City, Mo. (February 20, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced his Office will partner with the Women’s Foundation in conducting a comprehensive review of existing discrimination and harassment policies across state government. Attorney General Hawley highlighted the need for decisive action on these issues in the first-ever annual Legal Expense Fund (“LEF”) report his office issued in January. The annual report recognized that discrimination and harassment claims against the State impose a substantial burden on taxpayers and reflect a deep-seated culture of discrimination and retaliation throughout state government. Read more...

AG Hawley Applauds Filing of Legislation to Strengthen Missouri Sunshine Law


Jefferson City, Mo.  (February 21, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today applauded Rep. David Gregory and Rep. Jean Evan's legislation to update and improve Missouri’s Sunshine Laws. HB2523 and HB2524 follow recent proposals by the Attorney General’s Office and the Missouri Press Association to strengthen enforcement of Chapter 109 of the Missouri Revised Statutes and the Missouri Sunshine Law.   Read more...

AG Hawley and FTC Seek to Shut Down International Direct Mail Operation that Targeted Elderly Consumers, Collected Millions


Jefferson City, Mo.  (February 22, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office, in partnership with the Federal Trade Commission, has brought an action against Kevin Brandes, William Graham, and ten of their companies including Opportunities Unlimited, Inc. and Next-Gen, Inc. Read more...

AG Hawley Joins Coalition to Fight Unconstitutional Obamacare


Jefferson City, Mo. (February 26, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today joined a 19-state coalition urging a federal district court in Texas to hold the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate unconstitutional and to enjoin the entire law. The complaint, filed late Monday, explains that the ACA, as recently amended, forces an unconstitutional regime onto the states and their citizens. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Settlement Reached in Blind Pension Fund Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 1, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that a settlement has been reached between the State and the Missouri Council of the Blind and other named plaintiffs regarding payments from the Blind Pension Fund. In 2006, under Attorney General Nixon's Administration, plaintiffs sued the Missouri Department of Social Services and the State of Missouri Family Support Division claiming the agencies incorrectly calculated the amount of money recipients were entitled to each month. Read more...

AG Hawley Achieves Reconsideration of Federal Rules that Excessively Restrict Property Owners’ Use of Land


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 15, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Hawley announced that, because of a lawsuit filed by Missouri and 19 other States, the federal government has agreed to reconsider rules that restrict property owners’ use of land. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Ozark County Sentencing of Husband and Wife


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 21, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced the sentencing of Ozark County husband and wife David and Tiffany Bauer. David Bauer was sentenced to 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections after being convicted of first degree statutory sodomy, in January. Tiffany Bauer was sentenced to ten years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for her involvement in the same incident. At the time of the offense, the victim was nine years old.  Read more...

AG Hawley Encourages Swift Action on Sunshine Legislation


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 26, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today encouraged members of the Missouri legislature to approve legislation that offers commonsense measures to update and improve Missouri Sunshine and Records-retention laws. House Bill 2523 and House Bill 2524 follow proposals by the Attorney General’s Office and the Missouri Press Association to strengthen enforcement of Chapter 109 of the Missouri Revised Statutes and the Missouri Sunshine Law.  Read more...