2017 NEWS ARCHIVES

AG Hawley Announces Guilty Verdict of Jackson County Sexual Predator


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 20, 2017) – On April 19, 2017, a Jackson County jury found defendant Isidro Cruz-Basurto, 33, of Kansas City guilty of four (4) counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree and two (2) counts of child molestation first degree. From 2012 to 2014, Cruz-Basurto molested a 7-year-old girl. When questioned, the defendant said he was conducting private medical exams in his bedroom to test if anyone else was abusing the victim. The defendant faces up to life imprisonment on each sodomy count, up to fifteen (15) years imprisonment on each molestation count, and a total minimum of at least forty (40) years. Read more...

AG Hawley Criticizes Federal Court Ruling; Promises to Appeal


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 19, 2017)  – Attorney General Josh Hawley released the following statement on the federal district court’s order on Planned Parenthood v. Williams: “Today a federal court struck down large portions of Missouri law that protect the health and safety of women who seek to obtain an abortion,” Read more...

Missouri Attorney General’s Office Recuses From Trinity Lutheran Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 18, 2017) – First Assistant and Solicitor General John Sauer has announced the recusal of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office from the Trinity Lutheran case: “Last Thursday, Governor Greitens issued a directive prohibiting state agencies from denying public grants to religious groups on account of their religious nature,” Sauer said. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Felony Convictions in Storm Chasing Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 13, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley’s Office has won felony convictions in the St. Louis area against a storm-chaser scam artist and his company. Jack Edward Jones and Countrywide Shingle & Siding, L.L.C. pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to repay nearly $100,000 in restitution to the twenty-three (23) Missourians defrauded by his scheme. Additionally, the Court ordered Jones to complete five (5) years of supervised probation, including the condition that Jones’ business bank account is subject to monitoring to prevent future fraud. Read more...

AG Hawley Applauds Senate Confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 7, 2017)  – Attorney General Josh Hawley has released the following statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court: “I applaud the Senate for confirming Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court,” said Hawley. “As a constitutional lawyer, I know the vital importance of judges who interpret the Constitution the way We the People wrote it, not how judges want it to be. Justice Gorsuch will be faithful to the Constitution the people wrote and ratified. I look forward to his many years of service.” Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Restitution for Missourians and Civil Penalties in Case Against St. Louis Bankruptcy Business


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 6, 2017) – The Missouri Attorney General’s Office has reached agreement with St. Louis bankruptcy services provider, Critique Services, and its owner Beverly Diltz to resolve litigation alleging that Critique Services and Diltz defrauded Missouri consumers in the purchase of bankruptcy services. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Arrest of Mississippi County Sheriff


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 5, 2017) – Attorney General Joshua Hawley announced today that his office has filed two sets of criminal charges against Mississippi County Sheriff Cory A. Hutchinson. The first complaint charges that Hutcheson committed seven counts of forgery, seven counts of tampering with computer data, and one count of notary misconduct. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Announces Missouri Crackdown on Human Trafficking


St. Louis, Mo. (April 3, 2017) – Speaking from a safe-house in an undisclosed location near St. Louis, Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced major new initiatives to combat human trafficking in Missouri. Joined by law enforcement officers, trafficking survivors, and victim advocates, Hawley announced bold new measures that are effective immediately. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Annual Statistics of Missouri One Call Enforcement


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 31, 2017) — Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the results of enforcement in 2016 of the Missouri Underground Facility Safety and Damage Prevention Act, also known as the Missouri One Call Law. That law requires all excavators to call a notification center, Missouri One Call System, Inc., before digging anywhere in the state. The law then requires all owners of underground pipelines and infrastructure in the excavation area to mark their facilities within two working days. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces St. Francois County Medicaid Fraud Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 30, 2017) – On March 23, 2017, a St. Francois County jury found Christina Halter, 52, guilty of one count of Medicaid Fraud, two counts of financial exploitation, one count of obstructing a Medicaid Fraud investigation, one count of failing to file an income tax return, one count of failing to pay income tax, and one count of attempting to evade income tax liability. The jury recommended a sentence for Christina Halter of 89 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Following Christina Halter’s conviction, on March 28, 2017, Donald Halter, 56, pled guilty in St. Francois County Circuit Court to the same seven counts. Read more...

AG Hawley Hails Trump Energy Order as Victory for Missouri


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 29, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today hailed the latest deregulation order from the Trump Administration as a major victory for Missouri. Trump's order, signed Tuesday, begins the repeal process for the so-called Clean Power Plan, a massive network of regulations issued by President Obama that would have driven energy prices up in Missouri by double digits. Missouri challenged the regulations in federal court as unconstitutional. Read more...

AG Hawley Takes on Unconstitutional Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 13, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a brief in federal court arguing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) is unconstitutional. Joined by 14 other states, the brief was filed ahead of oral arguments in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The CFPB was created during the Obama Administration and exercises sweeping regulatory authority over the financial-services industry, including local banks. Read more...

Missouri Attorney General’s Office Announces James Layton to Argue Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley at the U.S. Supreme Court


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 10, 2017) - The Missouri Attorney General’s Office today announced the appointment of James Layton, former Solicitor General of Missouri to present oral argument to the U.S. Supreme Court in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley, No. 15-577 (U.S.). The case, concerning the availability of public grant monies to religious institutions, was litigated in the lower courts and briefed at the U.S. Supreme Court by Attorney General Chris Koster’s administration, before Attorney General Hawley took office. Oral argument is scheduled for April 19, 2017. Attorney General Josh Hawley is recused from the case. Read more...

Attorney General's Office to Help Resource Missourians Affected by Tornadoes


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 9, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley’s Consumer Protection Section will be in Oak Grove this weekend to answer questions and provide information along with disaster-related assistance. Representatives from the Attorney General’s Office will provide guidance on selecting reputable contractors, avoiding price gouging, protecting personal information from identity fraud, and other scams seen after natural disasters. Read more...

AG Hawley Urges EPA to Return Authority to States and Local Governments


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 7, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today asked the Environmental Protection Agency to reevaluate its regulatory authority over states and localities. Hawley joins Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and eighteen other Attorneys General in requesting EPA obey federal law and return authority to states and local governments. Read more...

Attorney General’s Office to Aid Consumers Affected by Tornado


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 3, 2017) - The Attorney General’s Office is joining with local and state agencies to help those affected by this week’s devastating storms. Representatives from the Attorney General’s Office will provide resource materials in Perryville with tips on selecting reputable contractors, avoiding price gouging, protecting personal information from identity fraud, and other scams seen after natural disasters. Read more...

AG Hawley Hails Trump Action on Water Regulation


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 1, 2017) – President Trump on Tuesday announced that he is directing the Environmental Protection Agency to replace the Obama-era "waters of the United States" rule, a major victory for Missouri. The Missouri Attorney General's Office has challenged the rule in federal court. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Marion County Sexually Violent Predator Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (February 28, 2017) – On February 24, 2017, a Marion County jury found Norman Tucker III, 38, to be a sexually violent predator. The Honorable David Mobley signed an order committing Tucker to the custody of the Department of Mental Health for care, control, and treatment until such time as he is safe to be at large. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley & Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft Announce $10 Million to General Revenue Fund


Jefferson City, Mo. (February 21, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft are pleased to announce that $10 million will be immediately remitted to the General Revenue Fund following the multi-state settlement with the Moody’s Corporation, Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. and Moody’s Analytics, Inc. (“collectively Moody’s”). The landmark settlement, announced January 18, 2017, was the product of efforts between the Department of Justice, 21 states and the District of Columbia. In total, Moody’s will pay all injured parties $864 million.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Victory on Obama Administration Energy Regulation


Jefferson City, Mo. (February 20, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley issued the following statement regarding the full repeal of the Obama Administration’s Stream Protection Rule late last week: “This is a great victory for the people of Missouri. My office took on the federal government to protect working families in our state from soaring energy costs, and we won. We sued the government to stop this regulation, and late last week Congress and President Trump responded by repealing it. I commend them," Hawley said. Read more...

Hawley Takes on California’s Job-Killing Regulations


Jefferson City, Mo. (February 16, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that his office will fight California’s attempt to impose job-killing regulations on Missouri, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Hawley asked the Court to hear argument in the State of Missouri’s challenge to a California law that imposes onerous new regulations on Missouri poultry farmers and would drive the costs of eggs up for Missouri families.  Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Files Lawsuit Against President Obama’s Unlawful Land Regulations


Jefferson City, Mo. (February 7, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that Missouri has filed suit challenging Obama Administration rules that drastically expand federal power over farm and ranch land across Missouri and the nation. The rules in question expand the definition of “critical habitat” for endangered and threatened species. Missouri joins 19 other states in the suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama against the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Boone County Sexually Violent Predator Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (February 6, 2017) – On February 3, 2017, a Boone County jury found Adam Derby, 35, to be a sexually violent predator. The Honorable Deborah Daniels signed an order committing Derby to the custody of the Department of Mental Health for treatment until such time he is safe to be at large. “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of those serving on the front lines of our criminal justice system, Adam Derby will no longer be a threat to Missouri’s children,” said Hawley. Read more...

CONSUMER ALERT: Tax Identity Theft Fraud


Jefferson City, Mo. (February 2, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley warns consumers to be alert for tax fraud identity theft as the 2016 tax filing season begins. "Tax identity theft fraud has become all too common. Consumers should file their returns as early as they can,” Hawley advised. “Missouri consumers who experience tax fraud identity theft can reach out to my Office for help.” Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Statement on Mark Christeson Execution


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 31, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley issued the following statement this evening upon the execution of convicted triple-murderer Mark Christeson. On January 31, 2017, Mark Christeson was executed by lethal injection for the February 1, 1998, rape and murder of Susan Brouk, murder of her 12-year-old daughter, and murder of her 9-year-old son. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Cass County Man Committed as a Sexually Violent Predator


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 31, 2017) – On January 27, 2017, a Cass County jury found Roy L. Veach, 52, to be a sexually violent predator. The Honorable Michael Rumley signed an order committing Veach to the custody of the Department of Mental Health for treatment until such time he is safe to be at-large. “Thanks to the hard work of local law enforcement and our attorneys, another dangerous predator is behind bars,” Hawley said. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Challenges Obama Administration Overtime Rules


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 25, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today challenged rules issued by the Obama Administration that would force small businesses to treat whole new classes of employees as “overtime” workers. Hawley and the Attorney General’s Office filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.    Read more...

Attorney General's Office Spokesman: "He's in compliance"


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 24, 2017)  Today, Attorney General Josh Hawley's communications director, Ryan Cross, released the following statement and attached a copy of the Attorney General's Office legal analysis. “General Hawley is complying with the law. He will continue to comply with the law. The law requires the Attorney General to reside at the seat of government. Josh is the first Attorney General in modern history who already lived in the local area of the Capitol before he was elected. He lives a brief commute from the Supreme Court building. His office is in the Supreme Court building. He’s in compliance.” Read more...

AG Hawley Sues Obama Administration to Protect Missouri Energy


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 19, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that Missouri has sued the Obama Administration over regulations that will drive energy costs up for Missouri families. The suit alleges that regulations promulgated by the Department of the Interior on December 20, 2016 affecting coal mining overstep agency authority and violate federal law.   Read more...

AG Josh Hawley & Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft Announce $864 Million Settlement with Moody’s Investors Service, Inc.


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 18, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced today that an $864 million settlement has been reached with Moody’s Corporation, Moody’s Investors Service, Inc., and Moody’s Analytics, Inc. (collectively “Moody’s”), by the U.S. Department of Justice, 21 states and the District of Columbia. These efforts were led by the attorneys general of Connecticut and Mississippi in partnership with the USDOJ.  Read more...

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