NEWS

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

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:48 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • AG Schmitt Renews Dedication to Fight Violent Crime with Swearing In of Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:47 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • AG Schmitt Launches Opioid Initiative to Assist Lawsuit Against Manufacturers

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:45 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • AG Schmitt Announces Guilty Plea and Sentencing of St Louis County Contractor for Home Repair Fraud

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:43 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • AG Schmitt Applauds Guilty Verdict in North Missouri Murder Case

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:42 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • AG Schmitt and Better Business Bureau to Host Springfield “Shred Day” on Saturday

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:40 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • AG Schmitt Sues City of Diamond Over Enforcing Ticket Quota

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:38 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • AG Schmitt Files Sunshine Lawsuit Against the City of Wood Heights

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:36 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • AG Schmitt Applauds Conviction of Bollinger County Man for Sodomy and Rape of a Minor

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:35 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • AG Schmitt Issues Consumer Alert Regarding Facebook’s Data Management

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:33 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • Four Years Later, AG Schmitt Lauds Success of Senate Bill 5

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:32 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • AG Schmitt Announces Guilty Plea of Webster County Contractor for Home Repair Fraud

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:27 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 25, 2019) – Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that James R. Butts, 31, pled guilty to unlawful merchandising practices in Pulaski County. In his plea, Butts admitted that he falsely promised a homeowner that, in exchange for $ 9,762 dollars, he and his company Marshfield Landscaping and Fence, LLC would order privacy fence materials and install a residential privacy fence for the homeowner. Despite being paid, Mr. Butts failed to provide any work or materials to the homeowner.
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  • AG Schmitt Renews Warnings of Scams, Price Gouging in Wake of Flooding

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:25 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 22, 2019) – Following Governor Parson’s declaration of a state of emergency due to the flooding in certain parts of Missouri, Attorney General Schmitt renewed his warning to Missourians regarding price gouging and scams. Earlier this week, AG Schmitt warned citizens about construction fraud, charity fraud, and price gouging. During times of emergency and natural disasters, scammers and unscrupulous businesses and individuals take advantage of the displacement and devastation.
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  • AG Schmitt Obtains Guilty Plea, $200,000 in Restitution in Medicaid Fraud Case

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:24 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • AG Schmitt Warns of Scams After Flooding

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:22 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • AG Schmitt Praises Missouri Supreme Court’s Ruling Against Modern Day “Debtors’ Prisons”

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:21 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • AG Schmitt Files Charges Against Moberly Man for Defrauding Food Bank Patrons

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:19 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • AG Schmitt Secures Guilty Plea, $6,000 in Restitution in Medicaid Fraud Case

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:17 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • AG Schmitt Hosts SAFE Kit Initiative Multi-Disciplinary Group

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:15 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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  • AG Schmitt Launches Sunshine Law Data Portal

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:09 PM by AG Schmitt
    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.
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