2019 NEWS ARCHIVES 

AG Schmitt Obtains Guilty Plea, $200,000 in Restitution in Medicaid Fraud Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 20, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Dr. Thomas H. Alms of Mount Vernon, pled guilty to committing a class C felony of Medicaid fraud, following an investigation and prosecution by his office. Alms was ordered to repay $200,000.00 to the Medicaid program and surrender his license to practice dentistry and has been placed on probation for five years.   Read more...

AG Schmitt Praises Missouri Supreme Court’s Ruling Against Modern Day “Debtors’ Prisons”


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 19, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt praised the Supreme Court of Missouri’s ruling against so-called Debtors’ Prisons in the State of Missouri v. George Richey. Attorney General Schmitt filed an amicus brief in this case on January 7th, arguing that no Missouri statute provides clear authority to consider jail debts as court costs. The Supreme Court of Missouri handed down their decision this afternoon, delivered by Judge Mary Russell.   Read more...

AG Schmitt Warns of Scams After Flooding


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 19, 2019) - In the wake of major flooding in Missouri, Attorney General Eric Schmitt today released a list of tips and warnings to protect Missourians who have been affected by the flooding from scams and frauds in the coming weeks and months. Read more...

AG Schmitt Files Charges Against Moberly Man for Defrauding Food Bank Patrons


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 18, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced his office filed charges in Boone County, Missouri against Kyle McClain of Moberly, Missouri for violating the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act. The four-count Felony Complaint alleges that McClain fraudulently sold insurance plans to patrons at Boone County food banks under the guise of helping them get a grant for dental work. However, eligibility for the grant did not require the purchase of McClain’s insurance or any insurance. The State alleges that McClain made intentional misrepresentations relating to the sale of the insurance and illegally profited from his fraudulent scheme.   Read more...

AG Schmitt Secures Guilty Plea, $6,000 in Restitution in Medicaid Fraud Case


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 15, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that Caruthersville native Felicia Ricks, 38, pled guilty to committing a class C felony of Medicaid fraud. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Ricks was sentenced to five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and ordered to repay more than $6,000 to the Medicaid program. Read more...

AG Schmitt Hosts SAFE Kit Initiative Multi-Disciplinary Group


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 13, 2019) – Just two weeks after Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced his SAFE Kit initiative, he and his staff hosted a multi-disciplinary group meeting yesterday to further discuss and share input on how to proceed regarding the backlog of untested sexual assault kits in Missouri. The meeting attendees consisted of victim advocates, law enforcement officials, hospital and healthcare representatives, and more. Read more...

AG Schmitt Launches Sunshine Law Data Portal


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 13, 2019) – As Missouri continues to celebrate Sunshine Week, Attorney General Schmitt announced today a new data portal to track Sunshine Law records requests and complaints received by the Attorney General’s Office. The portal is available at http://sunshine.ago.mo.gov and allows citizens and members of the media to review historical data pertaining to Sunshine Law requests and complaints handled by the Attorney General’s Office. The Attorney General’s Office works tirelessly every day to ensure that Sunshine Law requests are fulfilled as quickly as possible. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Revamped Sunshine Law Book During Sunshine Week


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 11, 2019) – As Missouri celebrates Sunshine Week, Attorney General Schmitt announced today a redesigned and more user-friendly Sunshine Law Book. One of the changes is an addition of a “Top 10 Things to Know” regarding the Missouri Sunshine Law, open records or meetings, and more. The new book can be found on the Missouri Attorney General’s website at sunshine.ago.mo.gov.   Read more...

AG Schmitt Warns of Scams and Fraud During Tax Season


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 8, 2019) – On the last day of National Consumer Protection Week, AG Schmitt is warning Missouri consumers about possible scams that arise during tax season. Scammers and fraudsters take advantage of the confusion that may occur before filing taxes to steal money, identities, or secure information.   Read more...

AG Schmitt and the Federal Trade Commission Secure Record $30 Million in Sweepstakes Scam Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 7, 2019) - The operators of a sweepstakes scam that appeared to target senior citizens have agreed to forfeit a record $30 million in cash and assets and will be permanently banned from the prize promotion business under a settlement secured by the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Missouri. “Protecting our most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly, is something that I dedicate myself to every single day,” said AG Schmitt. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Start of Wells Fargo Consumer Redress Review Program


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 6, 2019) – Wells Fargo has launched a consumer review program for Missourians who believe they were harmed by the actions of the company, but have yet to receive compensation, according to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt. Read more...

AG Schmitt Files Lawsuit Against Telemarketer Making Robocalls to Missouri Residents


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 5, 2019) – Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has filed suit against four Florida-based businesses, Health Advisors of America, Inc., Duff Insurance Brokerage Inc., America’s Best Insurance Group Inc., and Michael T Smith Insurance Inc., and their Presidents, Michael Smith Jr. and Zachary Cox, for violations of Missouri’s No-Call Law. The lawsuit alleges the Defendants violated Missouri law by making automated telephone calls, or “robocalls,” offering health insurance to Missouri residents who were on the Missouri No-Call list. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Consumer Protection Week


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 4, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Consumer Protection Week, which will take place from March 4th to March 9th, to promote, discuss, and highlight the work that the Consumer Protection Section does to protect Missourians from scams and fraud. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office joins other Attorneys General as well as national partners such as the Federal Trade Commission in promoting Consumer Protection Week. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Communications Director Marianna Deal


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 1, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is announcing that he has recruited 28 year FleishmanHillard veteran Marianna Deal to serve as his Communications Director. Marianna joins Chris Nuelle, Press Secretary, who has served in numerous political campaigns and organizations. Read more...

AG Schmitt Names State Coordinator of Sexual Assault Kit Initiative to Eliminate Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits


Jefferson City, Mo. (February 27, 2019) – Attorney General Schmitt announced today that he has appointed the honorable Judge M. Keithley Williams, a former trial judge in Jasper County and treatment court administrator in the City of St. Louis, to lead the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. Made possible by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Judge Williams will work with law enforcement agencies to clear out the backlog of untested sexual assault kits, bring peace of mind to victims, and assist law enforcement in bringing those responsible to justice.  Read more...

AG Schmitt, Senator Onder, and Representative Gregory Announce Statute to Fight Carjackings in Missouri


St. Louis, Mo. (February 25, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, State Senator Bob Onder, and State Representative David Gregory announced in a press conference that they would partner on introducing a statute to better address and prosecute violent carjackings in the state of Missouri. The statute would allow prosecutors to charge carjackers with motor vehicle hijacking rather than a broader robbery charge, which will allow for more efficient prosecution, simplified and more detailed statistical tracking, and an increase in uniform sentencing. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Investigation into “Daycare Fight Club”


St. Louis, Mo. (February 20, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that the Attorney General’s Office served a civil investigative demand yesterday to Adventure Learning Center for information relating to the “daycare fight club” caught on camera in the St. Louis school in late 2016. Schmitt’s investigation is separate from St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s investigation. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys for Safer Streets Initiative


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (February 15, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced five Assistant Attorneys General who will be designated as Special Assistant United States Attorneys to help prosecute violent crime in St. Louis as part of the Safer Streets Initiative. Schmitt announced the Safer Streets Initiative in late January, an unprecedented cooperative effort between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office to combat violent crime in St. Louis. Schmitt also announced an expansion of the Safer Streets Initiative to Kansas City and Springfield yesterday. Read more...

AG Schmitt and U.S. Attorney Garrison Announce Expansion of Safer Streets Initiative to Springfield


Springfield, Mo. (February 14, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison announced an expansion of Schmitt’s Safer Streets Initiative to Springfield. In this unprecedented cooperative effort, the Attorney General’s Office will work together with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to more fully prosecute violent crime in the Springfield area.   Read more...

AG Schmitt and U.S. Attorney Garrison Announce Expansion of Safer Streets Initiative to Kansas City


Kansas City, Mo. (February 14, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison announced an expansion of Schmitt’s Safer Streets Initiative to Kansas City. In this unprecedented cooperative effort, the Attorney General’s Office will work together with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to more fully prosecute violent crime in the Kansas City area.  Read more...

AG Schmitt Praises Missouri Supreme Court in State Informed Consent Law Decision


Jefferson City, Mo. (February 13, 2019) – Today, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled against “Mary Doe” in Mary Doe vs. Michael L. Parson, a case that challenged the Missouri Informed Consent Law on the basis of religious rights. Attorney General Schmitt applauded the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision. “The Missouri Informed Consent Law is a commonsense measure that is designed to protect women from undue pressure and coercion during the sensitive decision of whether or not to have an abortion,” said Schmitt. Read more...

AG Schmitt Applauds Guilty Verdict in Quadruple Homicide Case


Poplar Bluff, Mo. (February 8, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt applauded the work done by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and members of the Attorney General’s Office in obtaining guilty verdicts in a quadruple homicide case in Ripley County, Missouri. The Honorable Michael Pritchett, a judge from Butler County, decided, after a bench trial that concluded last week, to convict Keith Boyles of four counts of murder and four counts of armed criminal action. Boyles, along with David Youngblood, David’s wife, Melissa and their daughter Chantale, was involved in four murders in June and July of 2010. Read more...

AG Schmitt Meets with Local Prosecuting Attorneys in Cape Girardeau


Cape Girardeau, Mo. (February 7, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Schmitt met with local prosecuting attorneys from Southeast Missouri to discuss ways to work together to combat a variety of issues, including violent crime, the opioid crisis, human trafficking, and more. Schmitt also met with prosecutors in the Kansas City area in late January, and hopes to continue to meet with prosecutors across the state. Read more...

AG Schmitt Recaps Successful First Month as Attorney General


Jefferson City, Mo. (February 1, 2019) – Eric Schmitt is celebrating a successful first month as Missouri Attorney General while looking ahead to his priorities for the office in the coming months. Schmitt was officially sworn into the office on January 3, 2019. Since assuming the office, Attorney General Schmitt has focused on accruing a talented staff, increasing communications between staff and departments, cultivating a culture of professionalism and respect for the rule of law, establishing relationships with prosecutors and law enforcement agencies, and taking aggressive steps to combat violent crime.  Read more...

AG Schmitt Releases List of Top Ten Consumer Complaints of 2018


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 30, 2019) - The Missouri Attorney General’s Office received 116,912 consumer complaints in 2018. The Consumer Complaint Unit received 66,927 complaints and the No-Call Unit received 49,985 complaints. The top 10 Consumer Complaints in 2018 by industry were:  Read more...

AG Praises Habeas Corpus Decision in Leontae Hill Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 25, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt praised the Habeas Corpus work of the Attorney General’s Office in Leontae Hill v. Cassady. In 2002, Hill was convicted of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action for firing 30 rounds from a machine gun at four Kansas City police officers, wounding two. Hill filed for a writ of Habeas Corpus in February 8, 2018, which was quashed on January 22, 2019. Read more...

AG Schmitt Initiates Community Outreach as Part of “Safer Streets” Initiative


St. Louis, Mo. (January 23, 2019) – After yesterday’s announcement of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s “Safer Streets” Initiative, Schmitt kicked off the community outreach component of the initiative earlier today. In addition to designating prosecutors as “Special Assistant United States Attorneys” to help combat and prosecute violent crime in areas of St. Louis, continual community outreach is another important part of the Safer Streets Initiative. Today, Attorney General Schmitt visited Mount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis to meet citizens, listen to their concerns, and answer their questions. Read more...

AG Schmitt and 45 Other Attorneys General Reach a $120 Million Settlement Regarding False and Misleading Statements About Metal-On-Metal Hip Implant Devices


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 23, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that Missouri and 45 other states reached a $120 million Consent Judgment with Medical Device Business Inc. (formerly known as DePuy) and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, to resolve allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted its metal-on-metal hip implant devices, the ASR XL and the Pinnacle Ultamet. Under the settlement, Missouri will receive over $2.2 million. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Safer Streets Initiative


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 22, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today his “Safer Streets” Initiative, an effort to quell alarming violent crime rates in the St. Louis area. Unveiled in a press conference earlier today, the Safer Streets initiative will feature unprecedented cooperation between the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Attorney General’s office, as well as various law enforcement agencies.   Read more...

AG Eric Schmitt Praises the Missouri Western District Court of Appeal’s Ruling that Protects Survivors of Domestic Violence


Jefferson City, Mo. (January 17, 2019) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt praised this week’s ruling by the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, that protects the confidentiality of survivors of domestic violence in the Safe at Home program.  This is the first time that a Missouri appellate court has issued a ruling on the Safe at Home statutes since the Missouri General Assembly expanded the program in August with Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft to protect more victims.  Read more...



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