2017 NEWS ARCHIVES 

AG Hawley Announces that his Office Will Retain Independent Counsel to Investigate Allegations of Withholding Evidence by Koster Administration


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 25, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his Office intends to retain independent counsel to investigate alleged wrongdoing by the Koster Administration in connection with the 2012 civil lawsuit over the death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Read more...

AG Hawley Investigates Equifax, Calls on Company to Stop Selling Products to Breach Victims


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 19, 2017) - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office is investigating Equifax, in concert with other state attorneys general. The state attorneys general launched their investigation shortly following Equifax’s disclosure of the breach of consumer files earlier this summer.   Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Emphasizes Office’s Commitment to Transparency


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 18, 2017) – In response to the audit released by State Auditor Nicole Galloway this morning, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley emphasized his commitment to increasing transparency and accountability for expenditures from the State’s Legal Expense Fund. The audit released today analyzed records dating back to 2012, and it considered only the first two months of 2017.  Read more...

AG Hawley calls for anti-riot laws to be enforced, pledges full resources of Attorney General’s Office


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 16, 2017) -- Attorney General Josh Hawley sent a letter this morning to the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office outlining the laws against rioting and vandalism the Circuit Attorney has responsibility to enforce, and making available all resources from the Attorney General's Office to prosecute individuals who engage in violence or crime in the wake of the Jason Stockley verdict. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Statement on Jason Stockley Verdict


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 15, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today released the following statement regarding the verdict in the Jason Stockley case: "The First Amendment guarantees the right of every American to peaceably assemble and express their views and their grievances. I encourage protestors to demonstrate peacefully, mindful of their safety and the safety of others. I know our law enforcement will work to keep them safe." Read more...

AG Hawley Warns Missouri Consumers about Fraudulent Charities


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 13, 2017) – In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today warned consumers to be wary of fake charities that might ask for monetary donations for victims of natural disasters. Scammers have been known to use emails, telephones, and even fake social media accounts to contact consumers asking for donations for recent disasters, and then keep the money.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Medicaid Fraud Recoveries of More Than $2.6 Million Dollars


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 13, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that in the first six months of 2017, his office has recovered over $2.6 million in fraudulent Medicaid payments. In partnership with other State Attorneys General, the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units, and the United States Attorney’s Office, Hawley reached settlement agreements with six health care providers: CareCore National, LLC; Walgreens Co.; Forest Laboratories LLC, Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Forest); IPC Healthcare Inc., f/k/a IPC The Hospitalists Inc. (IPC); Omnicare Inc.; and Shire Holdings US AG, Shire Pharmaceutical LLC, Shire Regenerative Medicine LLC (Shire).  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Sentencing of Shelby County Man Convicted of Repeated Sexual Abuse


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 7, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the sentencing of Kevin T. Tillitt, 47, of Shelbina, Missouri, following his conviction for violent and sadistic sexual abuse of his daughters. Tillitt was sentenced to 135 years in prison. Tillitt was found guilty by an Adair County jury on July 14, 2017, of four counts of statutory sodomy first degree, two counts of statutory rape first degree, and one count of child molestation first degree stemming from acts involving two children when the victims were ages 4 to 15.    Read more...

AG Hawley: “We Will Not Let Up in Our Fight to Eradicate Human Trafficking”


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 6, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today convened the second meeting of the statewide Human Trafficking Task Force. The Task Force, the first of its kind in Missouri, includes law-enforcement officials, prosecutors, social-services providers, victims’ advocates, and individual human trafficking survivors. The mission of the Task Force is to develop a wide range of initiatives to fight human trafficking in Missouri and to provide additional support to trafficking survivors.  Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Expands Opioid Marketing Investigation to Seven Additional Pharmaceutical Companies


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 30, 2017)  Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley continues to widen his investigation of opioid manufacturers, today announcing the issuance of civil investigative demands to seven major opioid manufacturers. These investigative demands require the manufacturers to provide documents and information relevant to the Attorney General Office’s ongoing investigation of the pharmaceutical industry’s marketing practices for opioids. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Resolution of No-Call Disputes with Charter Communications


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 28, 2017) — Attorney General Josh Hawley’s Office announced it has resolved its lawsuit with Charter Communications over alleged violations of state and federal No-Call and telemarketing laws. “This office conducted a thorough investigation and achieved a resolution that we believe will benefit all Missourians by preventing future unwanted telemarketing calls,” Hawley said. “I look forward to the continued cooperation of Charter in this endeavor. Protecting Missouri consumers remains a top priority for this office.”  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Mount Vernon Dentist Charged with Defrauding Medicaid


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 23, 2017) — Attorney General Joshua Hawley today announced that his office, along with Lawrence County Prosecutor Don Trotter, has filed criminal charges against Dr. Thomas Alms, DDS. The complaint charges that Dr. Alms of Mount Vernon, Missouri, committed three felony counts of Medicaid Fraud, and one felony count of obstructing a Medicaid Fraud investigation. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Phelps County Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 18, 2017) — Attorney General Joshua Hawley announced that a Phelps County jury has found Charles Curnutt, 51, of Houston, guilty of statutory sodomy, endangering the welfare of a child, and four counts of child molestation for sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl over the course of several months. The case was heard on a change of venue from Texas County Read more...

AG Hawley Urges Congress to Amend Sex Trafficking Law


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 16, 2017) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley joined 49 other state and territorial attorneys general in a bi-partisan coalition urging Congress to affirm that all law-enforcement agencies retain their traditional authority to fight sex trafficking. In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general ask representatives to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to clarify that the statute does not preempt state and territorial criminal laws. The simple revision proposed in the letter would ensure that federal law does not inadvertently interfere with the prosecution of sex trafficking and other serious crimes by state and local law enforcement.  Read more...

AG Hawley sends condolences to Clinton Community and Missouri Law Enforcement


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 7, 2017)  – Attorney General Josh Hawley released the following statement following the death of Officer Gary Michael, 37, of Clinton, Missouri. Officer Michael was fatally shot while performing a routine traffic stop on Sunday, August 6. Read more...

ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH HAWLEY TO FILE MOTION AGAINST BACKPAGE, CONTAINS EXPLOSIVE NEW REVELATIONS


St. Louis, Mo. (August 1, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley filed court documents in St. Louis today with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri which contain explosive new revelations about Backpage.com’s involvement in human trafficking.  Read more...

AG Hawley Brings Another Public Corruption Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 24, 2017)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that he has filed felony and misdemeanor charges against Cooper County Clerk Darryl Kempf. This is the third corruption prosecution against public officials by AG Hawley’s Public Corruption Team. Kempf is charged with failure to furnish a return, receiving stolen property, and stealing. Read more...

Court grants AG Hawley’s request for temporary restraining order


Springfield, Mo. (July 21, 2017) - Attorney General Josh Hawley and attorneys from the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office brought a temporary restraining order (TRO) against a number of the massage parlors that were raided on Thursday as part of a major crackdown against suspect human trafficking in Springfield, Missouri. Read more...

AG Hawley takes emergency action to shut down Missouri businesses connected to human trafficking


Springfield, Mo. (July 20, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today took emergency legal action to shut down a series of Southwest Missouri businesses connected to human trafficking. This action follows raids Thursday across the Springfield region by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Attorney General’s Office and other agencies targeting businesses believed to be involved in illegal trafficking. Read more...

AG Hawley announces St. Louis contractor pleads guilty to home repair fraud


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 19, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Donald J. Harralston, 34, pleaded guilty to stealing by deceit and unlawful merchandising practices today in St. Louis County Circuit Court. In his plea, Harralston admitted that he lied to three St. Louis home-owners when he contracted to install new roofs but instead took their down payments and then failed to do any work or provide any materials.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Murder Indictment of Father and Son


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 18, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that his office has secured two indictments for murder involving a Douglas County father and son. The first indictment charges James “Lee” Aborn, 66, of Ava, Missouri with one count of murder in the second degree, one count of assault in the first degree and two counts of armed criminal action for the January 26, 2017 shooting that took the life of one man and injured another. Read more...

AG Hawley Lauds Creation of Prescription Drug Monitoring Database


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 17, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today applauded Governor Eric Greitens’ creation of a statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Database. “Today’s first step toward a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri is long overdue,” Hawley said. “I brought suit against major opioid manufacturers last month to start the fight to end the opioid epidemic in our state. A prescription drug monitoring database is critical to that effort.”    Read more...

AG Hawley to Backpage: There is no First Amendment right to engage in human trafficking


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 12, 2017)  – Today, Backpage.com sought to block an investigation by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in federal court. The company filed a lawsuit, which states that they are protected by federal law and the First Amendment from any claims made against them regarding alleged sex-trafficking activity.   Read more...

MO Farmers to Benefit from WOTUS Withdrawal


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 27, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley issued the following statement following the EPA’s withdrawal today of the anti-agriculture Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule. The rule would have given the federal government regulatory authority over almost any body of water on farmland, including isolated streams, hundred-year floodplains and roadside ditches. Read more...

MO AG Josh Hawley: Religious Liberty Wins Today


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 26, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley issued the following statement following today’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court in favor of Missouri’s Trinity Lutheran Church. The Supreme Court ruled today in a 6-3 decision that Trinity Lutheran Church could not be denied state grant money simply because of its status as a religious organization. Read more...

Missouri Attorney General Sues Opioid Manufacturers for Fraud


St. Louis, Mo. (June 21, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit today against three large drug manufacturing companies in the Circuit Court of St. Louis City. Hawley is suing Purdue Pharma, Endo Health Solutions and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The lawsuit alleges that these companies fraudulently misrepresented the serious risks posed by the drugs they manufacture and sell. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Joins 20-State Coalition Urging EPA to Respect States in WOTUS Review


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 20, 2017) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley joined a 20-state coalition in requesting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency preserve the role of the states in protecting the nation’s water sources. The coalition filed its letter Monday as part of the EPA’s ongoing review of its Waters of the United States rule. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Another Conviction of a Violent Criminal


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 15, 2017) – On June 14, 2017, a Clinton County jury found Justin Ray Webb, 38, of Holt, Missouri, guilty of murder in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. Webb will be sentenced on August 8, 2017, by the Honorable Brent Elliott, and faces a range of 10 to 30 years, or life imprisonment, for second degree murder, and up to 7 years in prison for the endangering count.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Corinthian College Students Eligible for Federal Student Loan Cancellation


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 8, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with the Attorneys General of at least 42 other states and the District of Columbia, is reaching out to notify thousands of Missouri residents who attended schools operated by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. – including Everest Institute, Everest College, Everest University, Heald College, and Wyotech – that they are eligible for cancellation of their federal student loans used to attend those schools. If a student’s federal loan is cancelled, the student will make no more payments on the loan, and any payments already made will be refunded. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Sentencing of Christina and Donald Halter


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 5, 2017)  – In a case jointly prosecuted by the office of Attorney General Josh Hawley and St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney Jerrod Mahurin, St. Francois County Circuit Court Judge Sandra Martinez has sentenced Christina Halter, 52, and her husband, Donald Halter, 56, to 82 years and 60 years, repectively, in the Department Corrections. Judge Martinez also ordered the Halters to pay $10.3 million in medicaid fraud penalties and $331,709 in restitution.  Read more...



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