2019 NEWS ARCHIVES 

Missouri AG Issues Report Regarding Clergy Abuse in the Roman Catholic Church


St. Louis, Mo. (September 13, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt held a press conference to announce the findings of the investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by clergy members in the Roman Catholic Church. After an extensive review of the records of thousands of clergy members and conducting interviews with victims, the Attorney General’s Office will refer 12 former clergy members for potential criminal prosecution, the most of any state attorney general probe, and laid out suggested guidelines for the Catholic Church moving forward. Read more...

Missouri Attorney General, Dekalb County Prosecutor Secure Over Two Dozen Indictments Relating to Crossroads Correctional Center Riots


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 10, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that over two dozen individuals were indicted by a DeKalb County grand jury for their involvement in a May 2018 riot at the Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron, Missouri. Read more...

AG Schmitt Joins Bipartisan, Multistate Investigation into Google’s Business Practices


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 9, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and a coalition of 50 attorneys general led by Texas Attorney General Paxton announced today the launch of a multistate, bipartisan investigation of tech giant Google’s business practices in accordance with state and federal antitrust laws. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Charges Filed Against Former Madison County Deputy Collector


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 3, 2019) – On August 23, 2019, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, acting as Special Prosecuting Attorney for Madison County, filed charges against former Madison County Deputy Collector Kelcey Gresham. Mrs. Gresham, a 31 year old resident of Fredericktown, is charged with five felony counts of stealing U.S. currency while acting in her capacity as Deputy Collector for the county. Read more...

AG Schmitt Recommends Against Using the First Amendment for Blanket Redaction in Letters to Governor Parson, Auditor Galloway


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 30, 2019) – Yesterday, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office issued a letter to Governor Mike Parson and Auditor Nicole Galloway regarding the use of the First Amendment to redact personal contact information in response to Sunshine Law requests.  Read more...

AG Schmitt Joins Bipartisan Coalition Seeking Congressional Support for Autism Services


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 28, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today announced that he is joining a bipartisan coalition of 47 attorneys general calling upon Congress to authorize the Autism CARES Act of 2019. This legislation provides ongoing federal support for research into autism spectrum disorders (“ASD”) and services to those affected by these conditions. Read more...

Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Secures $5 Million in Restitution and 19 Convictions Since January, Eclipsing Previous Year


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 27, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General’s Office has secured over $5 million in Medicaid fraud restitution and 19 convictions since January, eclipsing the previous year on both metrics. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces First Federal Indictments in Western Part of Missouri Through the Safer Streets Initiative


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 23, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today the first federal indictments obtained by a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) under the Safer Streets Initiative in the Western District of Missouri were handed down in Springfield. Tony Brown, one of the three Assistant Attorneys General deputized as SAUSAs as part of the Safer Streets Initiative in Kansas City and Springfield secured the public indictments, which were unsealed on August 22, 2019. Read more...

AG Schmitt Joins Coalition of Attorneys General, Private Companies in Fight Against Illegal Robocalls


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 22, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today good news in the fight against illegal robocalls. As a result of a bipartisan, public/private coalition of 51 attorneys general, including Missouri, and 12 phone companies, the phone companies have agreed to adopt eight key principles to fight illegal robocalls. This agreement will not only protect phone users from illegal robocalls, but it will also make it easier for attorneys general to investigate and prosecute bad actors. Read more...

Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys in Kansas City, Springfield Sworn In as Part of Safer Streets Initiative, Adding Prosecutorial Might to Fight Violent Crime


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 21, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Assistant Attorneys General from the Attorney General’s Office were sworn in as Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSAs) in Kansas City and Springfield as part of the Safer Streets Initiative. Two attorneys and a legal secretary were added in Kansas City and an attorney and legal secretary were added in Springfield, augmenting prosecutorial might in the fight to curb alarming violent crime rates. The Safer Streets Initiative was launched in St. Louis in late January and expanded to Kansas City and Springfield in February. Read more...

Missouri Attorney General’s Office Obtains Over $13 Million in Settlements, Judgments in First Seven Months of 2019


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (August 14, 2019) – In his first seven months in office, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and the Consumer Protection Section of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office secured over $13 million in judgments and settlements for the state of Missouri and Missourians. The amount obtained in judgments and settlements in the first seven months of 2019 has surpassed the total amount obtained in 2018. Multistate settlements like the Equifax settlement and the Fiat Chrysler emissions settlement, as well as restitution from fraudulent contractors and other sources contribute to the $13 million figure. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Conviction of St. Charles Construction Scammer


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (August 12, 2019) – Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today the conviction and sentencing of a St. Charles contractor who scammed residents out of thousands. Matthew Chapman pled guilty in May to four counts of unlawful merchandising practices in St. Charles County. Today, Chapman was sentenced to six years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, with that sentence being suspended and Chapman placed on five years of supervised probation. Chapman will have to repay over $33,000 in restitution to four St. Charles couples, complete 40 hours of community service, and write letters of apology to his victims. Read more...

Three Additional Federal Indictments Secured Through Safer Streets Initiative


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (August 8, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSAs) deputized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office through the Safer Streets Initiative have secured three more federal indictments, bringing the total number of unsealed indictments to seven since the initiative was launched. Read more...

Attorney General Schmitt Nearing Completion of SAFE Kits Initiative Inventory


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (August 7, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General announced new inventory completion percentages for hospitals and law enforcement agencies as part of his SAFE Kits Initiative. Read more...

Attorney General Schmitt Settles Lawsuit With the City of Wood Heights


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (August 2, 2019) - Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has obtained a consent judgment finding the City of Wood Heights violated Missouri’s Sunshine Law. In April 2018, Wood Heights held a closed-session vote to disband its police department without giving public notice, as required by the Sunshine Law. Following that action, the Attorney General filed a lawsuit in Ray County Circuit Court against the City of Wood Heights, alleging violations of the Missouri Sunshine Law. Read more...

AG Schmitt Launches Investigation into Missouri State University For Alleged Ticket Quotas


Springfield, Mo. (August 1, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office launched an investigation into the Missouri State University, Office of University Safety, for allegedly enforcing a parking ticket quota and violating Senate Bill 5 and other related legislation. The Attorney General’s Office learned through whistleblowers that officials in Missouri State University’s Office of University Safety allegedly encouraged officers to write an increasing amount of parking tickets, satisfying quotas of parking tickets, in order to increase funding for the department and University. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Sentencing of Wayne County Convicted Child Rapist


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 31, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today the sentencing of Daniel Martin, who was sentenced to 38 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for sodomy, rape and molestation of a minor. “One of my most important duties as Attorney General of Missouri is to protect our citizens – especially children – from harm. I’m grateful to law enforcement and prosecutors in Bollinger and Wayne County who helped put Daniel Martin in prison,” said Schmitt. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Sentencing of Former Winona City Clerk Terri Denton


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 29, 2019) -  Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that former City Clerk for Winona, Missouri, Terri Denton, has been sentenced, following a June 4, 2019 guilty plea to one count of the class C felony of Receiving Stolen Property in the Circuit Court of Shannon County. Read more...

AG Schmitt Successfully Commits Four Sexually Violent Predators Since June


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 25, 2019) – In the past two months, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has successfully committed four sexually violent predators, a part of his continuing efforts to keep Missourians safe. Since early June, the Sexually Violent Predator Unit at the Attorney General’s Office has successfully committed Pete Wright, Stanley Schell, Wilbert Payton, and Charles Ezell as sexually violent predators. Read more...

AG Schmitt Sues Dog Breeder for Violations of Animal Care Facilities Act, Operating Without a License


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 25, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office was suing an Oregon County dog breeder for continued violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act and the absence of a valid ACFA license. In multiple Department of Agriculture inspections dating back to November of 2017, Cedar Ridge Australians was found to have dogs with thin body condition and wounds, improper shelter and shade accommodations, a buildup of feces and debris in enclosures, debris and algae filled water, and more. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Settlement with the St. Louis Housing Authority


St. Louis, Mo. (July 22, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that the office settled the lawsuit pending against the Saint Louis Housing Authority and McCormack Baron for violations of the Missouri Merchandising Protection Act and public nuisance claims. Read more...

AG Schmitt and Coalition of Attorneys General Announces Multistate Settlement of $600 Million from Equifax in Largest Data Breach Settlement in History


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 22, 2019) — Attorney General Eric Schmitt today announced that a coalition of 50 Attorneys General, comprising 48 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has reached a settlement with Equifax as the result of an investigation into a massive 2017 data breach. The investigation found that Equifax’s failure to maintain a reasonable security system enabled hackers to penetrate its systems, exposing the data of 56 percent of American adults and nearly half of the U.S. population—the largest-ever breach of consumer data. Read more...

Attorney General’s Office Obtains Habeas Corpus Denial for National Supermarket Gunman


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 18, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has successfully obtained a denial of a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the case of Marvin Jennings, one of the men responsible for the robbery and murder of five employees at the former National Supermarket in St. Louis. Jennings was convicted of five counts of first degree murder, two counts of first degree assault, one count of first degree robbery, and eight counts of armed criminal action. Read more...

AG Schmitt Secures Three More Federal Indictments Through Safer Streets Initiative


St. Louis, Mo. (July 9, 2019)  – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has secured an additional three federal indictments in St. Louis through the Safer Streets Initiative. All three indictments, which were recently unsealed, were obtained by Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys (SAUSAs) deputized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office as part of the Safer Streets Initiative. Schmitt announced the first federal indictment obtained by a SAUSA on June 27th. Read more...

St. Louis Crime Commission Donates $200,000 to Better Family Life to Prevent Violent Crime in St. Louis


St. Louis, Mo. (July 8, 2019) – Today, the St. Louis Crime Commission – joined by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Jeff Jensen, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief John Hayden, and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar – announced in a press conference an investment of $200,000 to Better Family Life to help deter violent crime and aid families of victims of violent crime in the St. Louis region. Better Family Life, represented by James Clark, accepted the donation from the Crime Commission’s President Ed Dowd. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces Lawsuit Against Cass County Roofing Company for Fraud


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 3, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced his office filed a lawsuit against Apex Contracting & Roofing (“Apex”), a roofing company in Cass County, Missouri and its owner Jason Stewart. The lawsuit was brought as a result of multiple complaints filed by Missouri consumers. Read more...

AG Schmitt Resolves Lawsuit with City of Diamond Over Traffic Ticket Quotas


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 2, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his lawsuit with the City of Diamond has been resolved. Attorney General Schmitt filed the lawsuit against the City of Diamond in April, alleging that members of the city’s police force were enforcing a traffic ticket quota in order to generate more revenue for the city. The settlement agreement stipulates that the City of Diamond will have to implement internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance in the future, and host a mandatory training for the Mayor, members of the Board of Aldermen, and the Chief of Police regarding the requirements of relevant state statutes. Read more...

Pharmacist Ordered to Repay $125,000 to Missouri’s Medicaid Program


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 27, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Steven Baraban, pursuant to a plea agreement, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri to 3 years probation and ordered to repay Missouri’s Medicaid program $125,102.50. Baraban’s sentencing follows his March 1, 2019, guilty plea to one count of health care fraud. Read more...

AG Schmitt Announces First Federal Indictment Obtained Through Safer Streets Initiative


St. Louis, Mo. (June 27, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that the first federal indictment obtained by a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) under the Safer Streets Initiative was handed down in St. Louis. One of five Assistant Attorneys General deputized as SAUSAs as part of the Safer Streets Initiative in St. Louis secured the indictment on June 6, 2019, and the indictment recently was unsealed. Read more...

Missouri AG and Group of Local, State, and Federal Agencies Partner with FTC for New Crackdown on Illegal Robocalls


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 25, 2019) – Attorney General Schmitt, along with a multitude of state Attorneys General, and local, state, and federal agencies, announced a partnership to crack down on illegal robocalls. Among all participants in the joint crackdown, called “Operation Call it Quits,” 94 actions have been taken targeting operations around the country responsible for more than one billion calls pitching a variety of products and services, including credit card interest rate reduction services, money-making opportunities, and medical alert systems. Read more...



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