2017 NEWS ARCHIVES 

AG Hawley Announces Crawford County Sex Crimes Guilty Verdict


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 13, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that a Dent County jury found Nathan Hilliard, 27, guilty of statutory rape in the first degree and statutory sodomy in the first degree following a two-day trial. Between June 1, 2007 and June 14, 2007, the defendant had sexual intercourse and forced his 10-year-old cousin to perform oral sex on him while staying with the victim’s family as a guest.   Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Former Nursing Home Employee Sentenced to 17 Years for Financial Abuse of Medicaid Recipient and Receiving Stolen Property


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 12, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Kirsti Metcalf, 41, of Carthage, Missouri, has been sentenced to 10 years for receiving stolen property and seven years for financial abuse of a Medicaid patient, to be served concurrently for ten years. She must also pay $44, 561 in restitution to her victims and $15,370.63 for the State’s prosecution costs. In October, Metcalf pled guilty to the class B felony of receiving stolen property and the class C felony of abuse of a health care recipient in the Circuit Court of Jasper County.   Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Advisory Board for New Military Assistance Initiative


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 11, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the formation of an advisory board to develop the first statewide program in Missouri providing pro bono legal services to current military service members. Once launched, the Military Legal Assistance Team will be Missouri's first attorney general-led program offering our military communities access to pro bono civil legal services. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Results of Independent Investigation into Allegations of Wrongdoing by Koster Administration


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 5, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the results of the investigation into alleged wrongdoing by the Koster Administration in connection with the 2012 civil lawsuit over the death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Read more...

AG Hawley Renews Fight to End California’s Restrictive Farming Regulations


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 4, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced his office will renew its efforts in the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge California’s attempt to impose agricultural regulations on the state of Missouri. Missouri is challenging a California law requiring Missouri egg producers to comply with California’s farming regulations in order to sell eggs in California. Read more...

AG Hawley Leads States Urging Support for National Concealed-Carry Legislation


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 1, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley led 23 other states in urging Congress to enact national concealed-carry reciprocity legislation. In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general ask representatives to support the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (S. 446) and the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38). Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Public Corruption Guilty Plea of Former Cass County Auditor


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 1, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that a Cass County judge accepted the guilty plea of defendant Ronald Johnson, 49, of Raymore, MO to the offense of Official Misconduct. Between 2011 and 2014, while acting as the elected Auditor of Cass County, the defendant claimed reimbursement for expenses not due and appropriated cellular devices paid for by the county for personal use. Read more...

AG Hawley Expands Services Provided by Anti-Trafficking Task Force


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 30, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his statewide Human Trafficking Task Force will offer assistance to nonprofits struggling to find funding for their anti-trafficking efforts. Just this month, it was reported that a southeast Missouri group halted its important work due to a lack of funding. Read more...

AG Hawley Statement on Court Granting Motion to Dismiss Backpage Lawsuit


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 29, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today praised the Federal District Court decision to grant the State’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Backpage.com. Backpage sought to block an investigation by the Missouri Attorney General into whether the company has ties to human trafficking. Read more...

AG Hawley Investigating Uber Data Breach


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 22, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced his office will take immediate action to investigate the Uber data breach and whether Uber’s ensuing conduct violated Missouri consumer-protection and data-privacy laws. On Wednesday, the Attorney General’s Office send a letter to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi demanding that Uber take immediate action to notify all affected consumers, protect those consumers’ personal information, and prevent any future breaches.  Read more...

AG Hawley Offers Tips to Avoid Holiday Scams


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 22, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley offers the following tips for Missouri consumers to protect themselves during the holiday season. “We want to ensure that consumers get their deals as promised,” Hawley said. “Consumers need to do their research, be well prepared, and avoid being taken advantage of by scammers who prey upon people during this time of year.” Read more...

AG Hawley wins $643,703.60 judgment against Timothy Mundy for defrauding Missouri consumers


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 21, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a judgment of $643,703.60 on behalf of ten Missouri consumers who were defrauded by Timothy Mundy. Mundy entered into contracts to provide home construction services and demanded large upfront payments for materials. However, he would spend the upfront payments on personal expenses. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Fraud Victims May Seek Compensation from Western Union Fund


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 15, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that Missourians who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union’s wire transfer service may now apply for compensation from a $586 million fund administered by the Department of Justice’s Victim Asset Recovery Program. This fund is a result of a settlement between Missouri, 49 other states, the District of Columbia, and Western Union that was announced in January 2017. Missourians may be eligible to receive compensation if they were a victim of a fraud-induced transfer using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017. Read more...

AG Hawley Issues Investigative Demands to Google, Inc.


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 13, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that his Office has issued an investigative subpoena to Internet giant Google, Inc., in connection with an investigation into the company’s business practices. Specifically, the investigation will seek to determine if Google has violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act—Missouri’s principal consumer-protection statute—and Missouri’s antitrust laws.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Rape Kit Backlog Investigation


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 9, 2017) –  Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced his office will conduct a thorough audit of the reported backlog of unprocessed rape kits across the state.“Rape kits provide a powerful tool for identifying and prosecuting potential sex criminals. But both in Missouri and across the country, thousands of rape kits go untested, hamstringing law enforcement efforts to prosecute offenders,” Hawley said. Read more...

AG Hawley Expands Multistate Complaint in Federal Generic Drug Antitrust Lawsuit


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 8, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with 45 state attorneys general taking part in a wide-ranging multistate antitrust investigation of the generic drug industry, has asked the federal court for permission to file an amended complaint in the states' pending lawsuit that increases the number of generic drug manufacturer defendants from six to eighteen in the case and the number of drugs at issue in the litigation from two to fifteen. For the first time, the states are also suing senior executives at two generic drug companies who are alleged to have engaged in the illegal conduct. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Multistate Settlement with Deceptive Charity


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 8, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Joshua Hawley today announced a settlement between 24 states and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s dissolution. In its most recent financial statement, VietNow reported raising nearly $2 million nationwide. But most of this cash was paid to fundraisers, with less than 5% of funds raised going to its purported charitable programs. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Two Convictions in Child Sex Abuse Cases


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 7, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced two recent convictions in child sexual abuse cases. A Jackson County jury found Brian Lewis, 26, of Kansas City, guilty of four counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, two counts of first-degree statutory rape, and two counts of incest for the sexual abuse of a female relative beginning when she was four years old. The jury heard evidence that Lewis sexually abused the victim when her mother was not home, often with the victim’s infant sister present. Read more...

AG Hawley Expands Opioid Investigation to Include Three Distributors


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 31, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley continues to widen his fight against the ongoing opioid crisis today announcing the issuance of civil investigative demands to three major opioid distributors. These investigative demands, the equivalent of a subpoena, require the distributors to provide documents and information relevant to the Attorney General Office’s ongoing investigation into the pharmaceutical industry’s involvement in the opioid epidemic. Read more...

AG Hawley Welcomes President Trump’s Opioid Announcement


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 26, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a National Public Health Emergency saying: “Missourians have lost neighbors, friends, and family members to a crisis fueled by companies that put profit ahead of health by preying on people struggling with pain. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Multistate $220 Million Antitrust Settlement with Deutsche Bank


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 25, 2017)  – Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that Missouri has reached a multistate settlement with Deutsche Bank for fraudulent conduct involving the manipulation of LIBOR. LIBOR is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a widespread impact on global markets and consumers. LIBOR manipulation hurt government and not-for-profit counterparties in Missouri and across the country. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Statement on SB5 Ruling


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 23, 2017) – In response to Judge S. Margene Burnett’s ruling in the Circuit Court of Jackson County today, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley issued the following statement: “I am very pleased with today’s ruling. SB5 enacts sensible regulations that protect the health of women in Missouri and we will continue to vigorously defend these.” Read more...

AG Hawley Announces $120 Million Multistate Settlement with General Motors Company Over Defective Ignition Switches


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 19, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced a $120 million multistate settlement with General Motors Company (“GM”) over allegations GM concealed safety issues regarding ignition-switch-related defects in GM vehicles. The settlement, reached between the attorneys general of 49 states, the District of Columbia, and GM, concludes a multistate investigation into the auto manufacturer’s failure to timely disclose known safety defects associated with unintended key-rotation-related and/or ignition-switch-related issues in several models and model years of GM vehicles. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Henry County Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 13, 2017) – Attorney General Joshua Hawley announced that a Henry County jury has found Wesley Michael Hays, 30, of Pleasanton, Kansas, guilty of involuntary manslaughter, assault in the second degree, and failing to keep right on a roadway for causing a crash that killed Bates County Commissioner Larry Berry in 2014. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Sexually Violent Predator Commitment


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 12, 2017)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the sexually violent predator commitment of Jamie B. McPherson, 71, of Independence. McPherson has a decades-long history of molesting prepubescent boys and girls and at one point admitted he'd had over 100 child victims of either molestation, sodomy, or sexual contact.   Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Grant of Preliminary Injunction


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 11, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the next step in the prosecution of 15 defendants, including six massage parlors, in their alleged involvement in human trafficking activity in Springfield, Missouri. At a hearing on Friday, Greene County Judge Michael Cordonnier gave a verbal order granting a preliminary injunction barring these businesses from engaging in prostitution activities. Eight law enforcement officers testified and presented evidence gathered during raids conducted in July, during the hearing.    Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Guilty Plea in Public Corruption Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 2, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Cooper County Clerk Darryl Kempf has pled guilty to stealing. Kempf was accused of leasing a 2014 Toyota Tundra on behalf of Cooper County using county funds. He then improperly used county funds to pay off the reminder of the lease. In addition, he asked his deputy clerk to sign an affidavit saying the truck was being given to him and had the vehicle titled in his name in the Columbia license office. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Guilty Verdict in Barry County Double Murder


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 29, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the conviction of Christopher L. Paschall, 40, of Springdale, Arkansas. A Newton County jury found Paschall guilty of two counts of murder in the first degree, parental kidnapping, and three counts of armed criminal action.  Read more...

AG Hawley Urges EPA to Abolish Job-Killing Waters Rule


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 29, 2017) - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley called on the EPA to permanently abolish the 2015 Waters of the United States rule. Missouri has fought the rule in court. Attorney General Hawley and 24 other attorneys general sent the EPA a letter Wednesday calling on the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to fully eliminate the Obama-era rule and enforce pre-existing rules until more concise language can be adopted.   Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Medicaid Fraud Settlement with Mylan Inc.


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 28, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Missouri will receive over $3.1 million as part of a $465 million settlement against Mylan Inc. This settlement resolves allegations that Mylan knowingly underpaid rebates owed to Missouri’s Medicaid program for the sales of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr.   Read more...



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