2017 NEWS ARCHIVES 

AG Hawley Announces Another Conviction of a Violent Criminal


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 15, 2017) – On June 14, 2017, a Clinton County jury found Justin Ray Webb, 38, of Holt, Missouri, guilty of murder in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. Webb will be sentenced on August 8, 2017, by the Honorable Brent Elliott, and faces a range of 10 to 30 years, or life imprisonment, for second degree murder, and up to 7 years in prison for the endangering count.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Corinthian College Students Eligible for Federal Student Loan Cancellation


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 8, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with the Attorneys General of at least 42 other states and the District of Columbia, is reaching out to notify thousands of Missouri residents who attended schools operated by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. – including Everest Institute, Everest College, Everest University, Heald College, and Wyotech – that they are eligible for cancellation of their federal student loans used to attend those schools. If a student’s federal loan is cancelled, the student will make no more payments on the loan, and any payments already made will be refunded. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Sentencing of Christina and Donald Halter


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 5, 2017)  – In a case jointly prosecuted by the office of Attorney General Josh Hawley and St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney Jerrod Mahurin, St. Francois County Circuit Court Judge Sandra Martinez has sentenced Christina Halter, 52, and her husband, Donald Halter, 56, to 82 years and 60 years, repectively, in the Department Corrections. Judge Martinez also ordered the Halters to pay $10.3 million in medicaid fraud penalties and $331,709 in restitution.  Read more...

AG Hawley Releases Annual Vehicle Stops Report


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 1, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today released the 2016 Annual Report of Missouri Vehicle Stops and announced new measures to improve the quality of the Report’s data. “For years, commentators from a diverse range of perspectives have called for the Report to include information not just about where drivers are stopped, but where they are actually from,” Hawley said. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces April LEF Report


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 31, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today released to the public the latest report from his office outlining all settlements and judgments made against the state's Legal Expense Fund (LEF) over the last month. Attorney General Hawley announced in March that his office would begin issuing these reports to the public every thirty days. He is the first Attorney General in Missouri's history to do so.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Amendment 2 Appeal


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 30, 2017) – Attorney General Joshua Hawley announced today that his office has appealed the federal district court's judgment in the Amendment 2 case. That judgment invalidates portions of Missouri’s Constitutional Amendment 2 that impose restrictions on political campaign contributions. Amendment 2 was approved by nearly 70 percent of the voters in November 2016.   Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Suit Against Fake Law Enforcement Memorial


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 25, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office filed a lawsuit in St. Francois County Circuit Court against Terry R. Lemons of Farmington, Missouri alleging that Lemons misled donors when soliciting donations for a memorial to honor fallen law enforcement officers.  Read more...

AG Josh Hawley and 42 Other State Attorneys General Reach a $33 Million Consumer Settlement with Johnson & Johnson


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 24, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley and 42 Other State Attorneys General have reached a $33 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and Johnson & Johnson (“Defendants”). The settlement resolves allegations that Defendants, acting through McNeil PPC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson that manufactured and distributed over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, unlawfully promoted their OTC drugs as complying with federally mandated current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) even though the FDA found that some McNeil manufacturing facilities did not comply with cGMPs between 2009 and 2011. Moreover, some McNeil OTC drugs were deemed adulterated as a matter of federal law.  Read more...

Attorney General’s Rapid Response Team Helps Flood Victims Across The State


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 24, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that his office has met with nearly 1,000 Missourians across the state affected by the recent flooding. Attorney General Hawley formed a rapid response team to help victims of flooding on May 2, 2017. Since that time, the rapid response team has investigated and resolved multiple potential frauds and met with consumers at 16 locations across the state. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Joins $18.5M Settlement with Target Corporation over 2013 Data Breach


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 23, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that the Office of the Missouri Attorney General has joined with 46 other states and the District of Columbia in an $18.5 million settlement with the Target Corporation to resolve the states’ investigation into the retail company’s 2013 data breach. The settlement represents the largest multistate data breach settlement to date. Read more...

AG Hawley Asks Court to Revoke Cory Hutcheson’s Bond, Prevent Interference in Ongoing Investigation


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 16, 2017) – Today Attorney General Josh Hawley asked the Circuit Court of Mississippi County to revoke former Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson’s bond in the pending criminal case against him. General Hawley asked that Hutcheson be jailed or barred from interfering in the Attorney General’s investigation into the death of Tory Sanders at the Mississippi County jail on the night of May 5.  Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Announces Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson Suspended Pending Investigation


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 10, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson has been suspended from his duties after Judge William Syler granted Hawley’s order requesting that Hutcheson be removed from his position as Sheriff. Judge Syler granted General Hawley’s request Tuesday evening. Read more...

Attorney General Takes Over Investigation, Seeks to Remove Sheriff After Death of Inmate in Custody


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 9, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley has released the below statement following the death of a Mississippi County Jail inmate: ​"This afternoon I have asked a court to remove Cory Hutcheson from his position as sheriff of Mississippi County. My office has already charged Hutcheson with robbery, assault and illegal surveillance..." Read more...

AG Hawley Statement on Religious Liberty Executive Order


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 4, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley has released the following statement regarding President Trump’s Religious Liberty Executive Order: “Today President Trump has begun to roll back the Obama Administration's healthcare rules discriminating against people of faith,” said Hawley. “It is high time. We fought these unjust rules in the Hobby Lobby case -- and won.” Read more...

AG Hawley Issues Statement on Planned Parenthood Order, Promises to Appeal


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 3, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley released the following statement on the federal district court’s order granting a preliminary injunction: "The district court’s order prevents the state from enforcing two kinds of health and safety regulations: those that require abortion facilities to meet basic surgical center standards, and those that require doctors performing abortions to be able to admit patients to a nearby hospital in the event of a complication," said Hawley. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Suit Against Deceitful Charitable Organization


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 3, 2017) – Earlier today, Attorney General Joshua Hawley filed a lawsuit in the St. Charles County Circuit Court against Harold Hogarth and Gold Star College For Kids Foundation, Inc., alleging that Hogarth fraudulently took money that had been donated to provide scholarships to families of service-members killed in action. Such families are known as Gold Star families.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Rapid Response Team To Help Victims of Flooding


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 2, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced he is forming a Natural Disaster Rapid Response Team in the Attorney General’s Office to help victims of the flooding that has devastated the state. “We are mobilizing all available resources to help Missourians protect themselves and their families after this terrible flooding,” Hawley said. Read more...

AG Hawley Releases Legal Expense Fund Report


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 1, 2017) – For the first time in Missouri’s history, Attorney General Josh Hawley has released a detailed report outlining all settlements and judgments made against the Legal Expense Fund (LEF), including all court costs and expenses associated with those settlements and judgments. The first-ever report can be found here.   Read more...

AG Hawley Takes WOTUS Fight to Supreme Court


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 27, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today filed a merits brief in the Supreme Court of the United States challenging the Obama Administration's anti-agriculture Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule. Finalized in August 2015, this rule significantly expands the EPA's ability to regulate water on farm land -- without congressional approval. Read more...

AG Hawley Defends Safe at Home Program


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 26, 2017) – The Attorney General’s Office has filed an emergency motion to defend the Secretary of State’s “Safe at Home” program following a judge’s order calling the integrity of the program into question. “Safe at Home” allows victims of domestic violence and other crimes to shield their home addresses on public documents. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Another Sexually Violent Predator Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 25, 2017) – The Attorney General’s Office has secured the conviction of another sexually violent predator. A jury in Franklin County convicted James Crow, 62, on April 21. Crow has been committed to the Department of Mental Health for treatment until such time he is safe to be at large.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Guilty Verdict of Jackson County Sexual Predator


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 20, 2017) – On April 19, 2017, a Jackson County jury found defendant Isidro Cruz-Basurto, 33, of Kansas City guilty of four (4) counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree and two (2) counts of child molestation first degree. From 2012 to 2014, Cruz-Basurto molested a 7-year-old girl. When questioned, the defendant said he was conducting private medical exams in his bedroom to test if anyone else was abusing the victim. The defendant faces up to life imprisonment on each sodomy count, up to fifteen (15) years imprisonment on each molestation count, and a total minimum of at least forty (40) years. Read more...

AG Hawley Criticizes Federal Court Ruling; Promises to Appeal


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 19, 2017)  – Attorney General Josh Hawley released the following statement on the federal district court’s order on Planned Parenthood v. Williams: “Today a federal court struck down large portions of Missouri law that protect the health and safety of women who seek to obtain an abortion,” Read more...

Missouri Attorney General’s Office Recuses From Trinity Lutheran Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 18, 2017) – First Assistant and Solicitor General John Sauer has announced the recusal of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office from the Trinity Lutheran case: “Last Thursday, Governor Greitens issued a directive prohibiting state agencies from denying public grants to religious groups on account of their religious nature,” Sauer said. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Felony Convictions in Storm Chasing Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 13, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley’s Office has won felony convictions in the St. Louis area against a storm-chaser scam artist and his company. Jack Edward Jones and Countrywide Shingle & Siding, L.L.C. pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to repay nearly $100,000 in restitution to the twenty-three (23) Missourians defrauded by his scheme. Additionally, the Court ordered Jones to complete five (5) years of supervised probation, including the condition that Jones’ business bank account is subject to monitoring to prevent future fraud. Read more...

AG Hawley Applauds Senate Confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 7, 2017)  – Attorney General Josh Hawley has released the following statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court: “I applaud the Senate for confirming Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court,” said Hawley. “As a constitutional lawyer, I know the vital importance of judges who interpret the Constitution the way We the People wrote it, not how judges want it to be. Justice Gorsuch will be faithful to the Constitution the people wrote and ratified. I look forward to his many years of service.” Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Restitution for Missourians and Civil Penalties in Case Against St. Louis Bankruptcy Business


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 6, 2017) – The Missouri Attorney General’s Office has reached agreement with St. Louis bankruptcy services provider, Critique Services, and its owner Beverly Diltz to resolve litigation alleging that Critique Services and Diltz defrauded Missouri consumers in the purchase of bankruptcy services. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Arrest of Mississippi County Sheriff


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 5, 2017) – Attorney General Joshua Hawley announced today that his office has filed two sets of criminal charges against Mississippi County Sheriff Cory A. Hutchinson. The first complaint charges that Hutcheson committed seven counts of forgery, seven counts of tampering with computer data, and one count of notary misconduct. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Announces Missouri Crackdown on Human Trafficking


St. Louis, Mo. (April 3, 2017) – Speaking from a safe-house in an undisclosed location near St. Louis, Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced major new initiatives to combat human trafficking in Missouri. Joined by law enforcement officers, trafficking survivors, and victim advocates, Hawley announced bold new measures that are effective immediately. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Annual Statistics of Missouri One Call Enforcement


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 31, 2017) — Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the results of enforcement in 2016 of the Missouri Underground Facility Safety and Damage Prevention Act, also known as the Missouri One Call Law. That law requires all excavators to call a notification center, Missouri One Call System, Inc., before digging anywhere in the state. The law then requires all owners of underground pipelines and infrastructure in the excavation area to mark their facilities within two working days. Read more...



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