2018 NEWS ARCHIVES 

AG Hawley Lauds Prompt Passage of Sunshine Law Legislation in Missouri House


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 19, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today applauded the House for approving vital legislation that offers commonsense measures to update and improve Missouri Sunshine and Records-retention laws. “Transparency in our government is an essential part of democracy—and my Office must have the tools to ensure our Sunshine and records-retention laws are followed,” Hawley said. Read more...

AG Hawley Files Brief Challenging California Agriculture Regulations


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 13, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with 10 other state attorneys general, filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States challenging the state of California’s persistent disregard for federal law. The brief alleges that California continues to pass onerous regulations on agriculture and energy production that routinely flout the limits that federal law puts on the state’s regulatory reach. Read more...

AG Hawley Statement on House Investigative Committee Report


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 11, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley issued the following statement regarding the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight Report issued this afternoon: “The House Investigative Committee’s Report contains shocking, substantial, and corroborated evidence of wrongdoing by Governor Greitens. The conduct the Report details is certainly impeachable, in my judgment, and the House is well within its rights to proceed on that front. But the people of Missouri should not be put through that ordeal. Governor Greitens should resign immediately.” Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Double-Murder Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 11, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Rey Hernandez, 21 of the City of St. Louis, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action following a four-day trial in the City of St. Louis, April 5. Hernandez shot and killed Haris Hajdarevic and James Cobb, Jr. as they sat in a car in the 4400 block of Taft Avenue in the City of St. Louis on October 28, 2015. Hajdarevic was shot twice and died from a gunshot wound to the chest. Read more...

AG Hawley Investigates Missouri Furniture Company


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 10, 2018) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that his office is investigating possible misrepresentations by Rough Country Rustic Furniture, LLC, an online furniture company based in Wright County, Missouri. The investigation began in December 2017. Approximately 598 complaints have been received from consumers nationwide. Read more...

AG Hawley Statement on Backpage.com


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 7, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today issued a statement regarding Backpage.com being seized and shut down by federal authorities. Attorney General Hawley has been investigating Backpage.com regarding the website’s involvement in human trafficking. Backpage.com sued General Hawley personally to block the investigation, but lost in court. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Investigation into St. Louis Housing Authority


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 4, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced his Office is launching an investigation into the conditions of the Clinton-Peabody housing complex in St. Louis. The Attorney General’s Office has issued a civil investigative demand—a civil subpoena—to the St. Louis Housing Authority to determine whether conditions at the Clinton-Peabody housing complex violate the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA) by creating an uninhabitable living environment. Read more...

AG Hawley Issues Investigative Demands to Facebook


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 02, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his Office has issued an investigative subpoena to social media giant Facebook Inc. in connection with a new investigation into the company’s business practices related to the sharing and tracking of consumers’ user data. Recent news reports reveal that at least 50 million Facebook profiles may be have been shared with third-party software developers. Facebook has nearly 2 billion user profiles around the world. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Annual Statistics of Missouri One Call Enforcement


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 28, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the 2017 results of enforcement of the Missouri Underground Facility Safety and Damage Prevention Act, also known as the Missouri One Call Law. This law requires excavators to call a notification center, Missouri One Call System, Inc., before commencing a dig in the state. The law also requires owners of underground pipelines and infrastructure in the excavation area to mark their facilities within two working days. Read more...

AG Hawley Warns of IRS Phone Scams and Tax Identity Fraud Theft During Tax Season


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 28, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley reminds Missouri taxpayers to be wary of telephone and email scams throughout tax season. In past years, phone scammers have acted like IRS agents in order to steal money. Read more...

AG Announces Broader Criminal and Civil Review of Mississippi County Jail & Sheriff


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 27, 2018) –  Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that his office is pursuing a broader criminal and civil review of the Mississippi County Jail facility and Sheriff Cory Hutcheson.   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...

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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...

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 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...

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 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 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 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 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 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...



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