2019 NEWS ARCHIVES 

AG Schmitt Joins 51 AG Coalition Calling for Forgiveness of Student Loans for Totally and Permanently Disabled Veterans


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (May 24, 2019) – Attorney General Schmitt today joined a group of 51 Attorneys General in urging the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to automatically forgive the student loans of veterans who became totally and permanently disabled in connection with their military service. The bipartisan coalition issued its letter as the country prepares to honor fallen troops on Memorial Day.   Read more...

AG Schmitt Closes Offsets Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 24, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that a judge has ordered “The Offsets” swimming hole to cease operations until necessary safety measures are implemented. “The Offsets” is a lead mine turned swimming hole in Southeast Missouri. Since its opening in the early 1980’s, at least 9 people have died from drowning or falling off of the bluffs and countless other injuries have occurred.   Read more...

AG Schmitt Asks Congress to Amend Communication Decency Act, Allow More Efficient Enforcement


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 23, 2019) — Attorney General Schmitt joined 46 AGs across the country this week to ask Congress, again, to amend the Communications Decency Act in order to make sure state and local authorities are able to better protect our citizens online and take appropriate action against criminal actors. “Fighting sex trafficking and human trafficking is one of the top priorities of my office, and that means having the ability to effectively combat those practices on digital mediums as well,” said Attorney General Schmitt. Read more...

AG Schmitt Warns Missourians of Price Gouging, Scams in Wake of Storms and Tornadoes


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 23, 2019) – Following heavy thunderstorms and tornadoes that swept through the Jefferson City area and other parts of Missouri, Attorney General Schmitt is urging Missourians to watch out for price gouging as they buy supplies, and be wary of scams as they look to make repairs.   Read more...

AG Schmitt Joins FBI Human Trafficking Task Force


Kansas City, Mo. (May 20, 2019) – Attorney General Schmitt and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are teaming up to fight back against human trafficking in Missouri. In a press conference today, Attorney General Schmitt announced that the Missouri Attorney General’s Office is joining the FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.  Read more...

AG Schmitt Delivers UMKC Law Commencement Speech, Focuses on Free Speech


Kansas City, Mo. (May 18, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt delivered the University of Missouri, Kansas City Law School commencement keynote speech this afternoon. Speaking to the group of graduates, Schmitt focused mainly on the history of the first amendment, its application in society, and how important it is to preserve it, especially on college campuses. Read more...

AG Schmitt to Give Commencement Address at UMKC Law Graduation


Kansas City, Mo. (May 17, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is set to deliver the commencement address at the University of Missouri, Kansas City law school graduation tomorrow afternoon. The Attorney General plans to speak to the group of law school graduates mainly on the importance of preserving free speech on college campuses and across the world. Read more...

AG Schmitt, Governor Parson Reach Joint Memorandum of Understanding on Social Media, Email Use


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 16, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Governor Mike Parson announced today they had reached Joint Memorandum of Understanding regarding official office and personal use of social media accounts. The agreement was reached following the conclusion of the Attorney General’s investigation into the alleged Sunshine Law violations by the previous Administration of the Office of the Governor of Missouri. Read more...

AG Schmitt Raises Concerns with Public Defender Commission Proposed Agreement, Files Motion to Intervene


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 14, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is raising concerns with the Public Defender Commission’s proposed consent judgement with the American Civil Liberties Union to restrict working hours for public defenders. The Attorney General’s Office today filed a motion to intervene in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Read more...

AG Schmitt Sues Teva, 19 Other Drug Manufacturers, and 15 Individuals Alleging Price Fixing Scheme on Over 100 Generic Drugs


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 13, 2019) – Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that the state of Missouri is joining the State of Connecticut’s lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers, alleging that the companies drastically inflated and manipulated prices, reduced competition and unreasonably restrained trade for more than 100 different generic drugs. This is one of the most damaging and far-reaching price fixing schemes in modern history, with certain companies inflating prices by nearly 1,000 percent. Read more...

AG Schmitt Secures Guilty Plea, $36,000 in Restitution in Mother and Son Medicaid Fraud Case


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (May 9, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Julius Terry has pled guilty to two counts of the class C felony of Medicaid Fraud and one count of the class B felony of Receiving Stolen Property in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County. Julius Terry’s guilty plea follows the guilty plea of his mother, codefendant Joyce Terry, on January 4, 2019. Together, the mother and son pair defrauded Medicaid of more than $35,000. Read more...

Missouri Attorney General’s Office Secures Over One Million in Restitution in Month of April


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (May 6, 2019) –During the month of April, consumer advocates with the Attorney General’s Office secured over one million in restitution for Missouri consumers across a variety of cases and issues.  Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Sentencing of Quadruple Murderer, Keith Boyles


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 2, 2019) - Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced the sentencing terms of Keith Boyles for his role in the quadruple homicide of two elderly couples in Ripley County Missouri. In February of 2019, Boyles was convicted of four counts of murder and four counts of armed criminal action. Boyles, along with David Youngblood, Youngblood’s wife, Melissa, and their daughter Chantale, were each involved in the four murders that took place in June and July of 2010.   Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Habeas Denial in 2001 Killing of Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 1, 2019) – A writ of habeas corpus has been denied in the 2001 robbery and murder of Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt, according to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt. On April 29, 2019 the Circuit Court of Pike County, Missouri entered an order denying a petition for the writ of habeas corpus filed by Charles Erickson.  Read more...

AG Schmitt Marks Over 100 Days of Action and Accomplishments


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 29, 2019) – Today, Missouri’s 43rd Attorney General, Eric Schmitt, released a partial list of the accomplishments of his office, in the just over 100 days since he was sworn in a January.    Read more...

Missouri Attorney General’s Office Partners with Law Enforcement, Transportation Professionals to Combat Human Trafficking


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 25, 2019) - The Missouri Attorney General's Office partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking, the Missouri Trucking Association, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Tuesday, April 23rd in Sedalia, MO to address combatting human trafficking. Read more...

AG Schmitt Secures $310,000 in Restitution for Financial Exploitation of Disabled Citizen and Medicaid Recipient


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 24, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that Mary McDonald of Bismark, Missouri, was ordered by the St. Francois County Circuit Court to pay $310,000 in restitution for financially exploiting a disabled resident who was under McDonald’s care. This is one of the largest restitution amounts secured by Attorney General Schmitt since he took office.  Read more...

Missouri Attorney General’s Office to Help Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 23, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is partnering with local healthcare agencies, law enforcement, and federal agencies to take back unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. representatives from the Missouri Attorney General’s Office will join the Missouri Western Interdiction and Narcotics Drug Task Force, Kansas City Police Department, Liberty Hospital, O’Fallon Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the 17th National Drug Take Back Day, an initiative that provides a safe place for Missouri citizens to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Read more...

AG Schmitt Launches Opioid Initiative to Assist Lawsuit Against Manufacturers


St. Louis, Mo. (April 16, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt launched an initiative to help assist with the State of Missouri’s lawsuit against the major opioid manufacturers. In a press conference earlier today, Schmitt launched “Real Opioid Pain,” an initiative that asks Missourians to share how opioid addiction and abuse has affected them. These first-hand accounts may be used in the lawsuit against the major manufacturers of opioids. Missourians are asked to go to www.realopioidpain.com and share their story.  Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Guilty Plea and Sentencing of St Louis County Contractor for Home Repair Fraud


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (April 12, 2019)  – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that Kelly Mullins, 56, pled guilty to fourteen counts including financial exploitation of the elderly, receiving stolen property, and unlawful merchandising practices in St. Louis County. Read more...

AG Schmitt Renews Dedication to Fight Violent Crime with Swearing In of Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys


St. Louis, Mo. (April 11, 2019) – Today, Attorney General Schmitt renewed his dedication to fighting violent crime and announced the swearing in of the five Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the St. Louis region through the Safer Streets Initiative. Schmitt announced the Safer Streets Initiative, an unprecedented cooperative effort with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, on January 22nd, and expanded the initiative to cover Springfield and Kansas City in mid-February. Read more...

Missouri Attorney General’s Office to Aid Consumers Affected by the Flood


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 8, 2019) - The Attorney General’s Office is joining with local and state agencies to help those affected by the devastating flood in Northwest Missouri. Investigators from the Attorney General’s office will provide resource materials with tips on selecting reputable contractors, avoiding price gouging, protecting personal information from identity fraud, and warning of other scams seen after natural disasters. Read more...

AG Schmitt and Better Business Bureau to Host Springfield “Shred Day” on Saturday


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 5, 2019) - On Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., representatives of the Missouri Attorney General’s office and the Better Business Bureau are offering a free “Shred Day” to safely dispose of sensitive documents, cell phones, tablets and laptops. This is a great opportunity for citizens to safely and properly dispose of sensitive information to avoid opening themselves up to potential scams or fraud. Representatives will be located at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield, MO 65803.  Read more...

AG Schmitt Sues City of Diamond Over Enforcing Ticket Quota


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 5, 2019) – Yesterday, Missouri Attorney General announced a lawsuit against the City of Diamond for enforcing ticket quotas and using tickets to generate additional municipal revenue. Enforcing ticket quotas and using abusive ticketing tactics are in violation of reforms brought by Senate Bill 5, Senate Bill 572, and Senate Bill 765. Read more...

AG Schmitt Files Sunshine Lawsuit Against the City of Wood Heights


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 4, 2019)  – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office filed a lawsuit today in Ray County Circuit Court against the City of Wood Heights, alleging violations of the Missouri Sunshine Law. The lawsuit alleges that the City of Wood Heights held a closed-session vote to disband its police department in April 2018 without giving public notice, as is required by the Sunshine Law. Read more...

AG Schmitt Applauds Conviction of Bollinger County Man for Sodomy and Rape of a Minor


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 2, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is applauding the conviction of Daniel Martin for sodomy, rape, and molestation of a minor. On March 27, 2019, a Wayne County jury convicted Daniel Martin, 30, of three counts of Statutory Sodomy 1st Degree, one count of Statutory Rape 1st Degree, one count of Attempted Statutory Rape 1st Degree, one count of Attempted Statutory Sodomy 1st Degree, and three counts of Child Molestation 3rd Degree.    Read more...

AG Schmitt Applauds Guilty Verdict in North Missouri Murder Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 1, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today applauded the guilty verdict in a north Missouri murder case, as well as the work done by the City of Macon Police Department and the Macon County Sheriff’s Department in investigating the violent stabbing death of Ryan Perkins. The crime occurred in Macon, Missouri in October of 2016. AG Schmitt’s Office assisted Macon County Prosecuting Attorney, Joshua Meisner, in trying the case. Read more...

AG Schmitt Issues Consumer Alert Regarding Facebook’s Data Management


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 29, 2019) - In light of recent media reports of Facebook storing millions of passwords in plain text, Attorney General Schmitt encourages Missourians to take this opportunity to change and/or strengthen their Facebook passwords. “These reports of Facebook’s data mismanagement are certainly unsettling, and I want to ensure that Missourians are aware and are taking appropriate steps to secure their information,” said AG Schmitt. Read more...

Four Years Later, AG Schmitt Lauds Success of Senate Bill 5


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 28, 2019) – Four years after Senate Bill 5 was passed into law, Attorney General Schmitt is lauding the successes of the bill in curbing ticketing abuse in Missouri’s municipalities. In 2015, then-State Senator Schmitt worked to pass Senate Bill 5 in the wake of the events in Ferguson. Senate Bill 5 was passed to curb abusive fundraising tactics through traffic tickets and other violations.   Read more...

AG Schmitt and the Federal Trade Commission Announce Settlement on Sham Charity


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 28, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with sham charity Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation, and its founder, David Kenik. Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation, and its founder, David Kenik, collected almost $10 million in donations from 2013 through 2017 allegedly to provide assistance to disabled officers and relief to families of officers killed in the line of duty. Instead, Mr. Kenik spent the vast majority of contributions to profit himself and private individuals he hired instead of on charitable programs.  Read more...



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