2017 NEWS ARCHIVES 

Attorney General 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...

AG Hawley Names Hal Goldsmith as Independent Counsel to Investigate Allegations of Wrongdoing by Koster Administration


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 28, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today appointed Mr. Hal Goldsmith of Bryan Cave, LLC as independent, outside counsel to investigate allegations of wrongdoing by the Koster Administration. Mr. Goldsmith spent more than 20 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, where he specialized in the prosecution of government corruption. He has substantial experience in investigating government wrongdoing and specific expertise in legal ethics and internal investigations.  Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Announces Chariton County Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 27, 2017)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that a Chariton County jury found Kris Eugene Ward, 40, of Columbia, guilty of statutory rape and endangering the welfare of a child. Ward sexually abused an 11-year-old girl over the course of several months. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Announces Statewide Business Council Against Human Trafficking


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 26, 2017) - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the formation of a new coalition of Missouri businesses committed to fighting human trafficking in the State. The announcement, which took place at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce in Jefferson City, is the latest initiative in Attorney General Hawley’s crackdown on human trafficking in Missouri. As part of that effort, Hawley has issued new regulations targeting traffickers, formed a statewide anti-trafficking task force, and spearheaded the largest anti-trafficking raid in Missouri history. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces that his Office Will Retain Independent Counsel to Investigate Allegations of Withholding Evidence by Koster Administration


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 25, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his Office intends to retain independent counsel to investigate alleged wrongdoing by the Koster Administration in connection with the 2012 civil lawsuit over the death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Read more...

AG Hawley Investigates Equifax, Calls on Company to Stop Selling Products to Breach Victims


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 19, 2017) - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office is investigating Equifax, in concert with other state attorneys general. The state attorneys general launched their investigation shortly following Equifax’s disclosure of the breach of consumer files earlier this summer.   Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Emphasizes Office’s Commitment to Transparency


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 18, 2017) – In response to the audit released by State Auditor Nicole Galloway this morning, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley emphasized his commitment to increasing transparency and accountability for expenditures from the State’s Legal Expense Fund. The audit released today analyzed records dating back to 2012, and it considered only the first two months of 2017.  Read more...

AG Hawley calls for anti-riot laws to be enforced, pledges full resources of Attorney General’s Office


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 16, 2017) -- Attorney General Josh Hawley sent a letter this morning to the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office outlining the laws against rioting and vandalism the Circuit Attorney has responsibility to enforce, and making available all resources from the Attorney General's Office to prosecute individuals who engage in violence or crime in the wake of the Jason Stockley verdict. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Statement on Jason Stockley Verdict


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 15, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today released the following statement regarding the verdict in the Jason Stockley case: "The First Amendment guarantees the right of every American to peaceably assemble and express their views and their grievances. I encourage protestors to demonstrate peacefully, mindful of their safety and the safety of others. I know our law enforcement will work to keep them safe." Read more...

AG Hawley Warns Missouri Consumers about Fraudulent Charities


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 13, 2017) – In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today warned consumers to be wary of fake charities that might ask for monetary donations for victims of natural disasters. Scammers have been known to use emails, telephones, and even fake social media accounts to contact consumers asking for donations for recent disasters, and then keep the money.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Medicaid Fraud Recoveries of More Than $2.6 Million Dollars


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 13, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that in the first six months of 2017, his office has recovered over $2.6 million in fraudulent Medicaid payments. In partnership with other State Attorneys General, the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units, and the United States Attorney’s Office, Hawley reached settlement agreements with six health care providers: CareCore National, LLC; Walgreens Co.; Forest Laboratories LLC, Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Forest); IPC Healthcare Inc., f/k/a IPC The Hospitalists Inc. (IPC); Omnicare Inc.; and Shire Holdings US AG, Shire Pharmaceutical LLC, Shire Regenerative Medicine LLC (Shire).  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Sentencing of Shelby County Man Convicted of Repeated Sexual Abuse


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 7, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the sentencing of Kevin T. Tillitt, 47, of Shelbina, Missouri, following his conviction for violent and sadistic sexual abuse of his daughters. Tillitt was sentenced to 135 years in prison. Tillitt was found guilty by an Adair County jury on July 14, 2017, of four counts of statutory sodomy first degree, two counts of statutory rape first degree, and one count of child molestation first degree stemming from acts involving two children when the victims were ages 4 to 15.    Read more...

AG Hawley: “We Will Not Let Up in Our Fight to Eradicate Human Trafficking”


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 6, 2017) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today convened the second meeting of the statewide Human Trafficking Task Force. The Task Force, the first of its kind in Missouri, includes law-enforcement officials, prosecutors, social-services providers, victims’ advocates, and individual human trafficking survivors. The mission of the Task Force is to develop a wide range of initiatives to fight human trafficking in Missouri and to provide additional support to trafficking survivors.  Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Expands Opioid Marketing Investigation to Seven Additional Pharmaceutical Companies


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 30, 2017)  Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley continues to widen his investigation of opioid manufacturers, today announcing the issuance of civil investigative demands to seven major opioid manufacturers. These investigative demands require the manufacturers to provide documents and information relevant to the Attorney General Office’s ongoing investigation of the pharmaceutical industry’s marketing practices for opioids. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Resolution of No-Call Disputes with Charter Communications


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 28, 2017) — Attorney General Josh Hawley’s Office announced it has resolved its lawsuit with Charter Communications over alleged violations of state and federal No-Call and telemarketing laws. “This office conducted a thorough investigation and achieved a resolution that we believe will benefit all Missourians by preventing future unwanted telemarketing calls,” Hawley said. “I look forward to the continued cooperation of Charter in this endeavor. Protecting Missouri consumers remains a top priority for this office.”  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Mount Vernon Dentist Charged with Defrauding Medicaid


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 23, 2017) — Attorney General Joshua Hawley today announced that his office, along with Lawrence County Prosecutor Don Trotter, has filed criminal charges against Dr. Thomas Alms, DDS. The complaint charges that Dr. Alms of Mount Vernon, Missouri, committed three felony counts of Medicaid Fraud, and one felony count of obstructing a Medicaid Fraud investigation. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Phelps County Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 18, 2017) — Attorney General Joshua Hawley announced that a Phelps County jury has found Charles Curnutt, 51, of Houston, guilty of statutory sodomy, endangering the welfare of a child, and four counts of child molestation for sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl over the course of several months. The case was heard on a change of venue from Texas County Read more...

AG Hawley Urges Congress to Amend Sex Trafficking Law


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 16, 2017) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley joined 49 other state and territorial attorneys general in a bi-partisan coalition urging Congress to affirm that all law-enforcement agencies retain their traditional authority to fight sex trafficking. In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general ask representatives to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to clarify that the statute does not preempt state and territorial criminal laws. The simple revision proposed in the letter would ensure that federal law does not inadvertently interfere with the prosecution of sex trafficking and other serious crimes by state and local law enforcement.  Read more...

AG Hawley sends condolences to Clinton Community and Missouri Law Enforcement


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 7, 2017)  – Attorney General Josh Hawley released the following statement following the death of Officer Gary Michael, 37, of Clinton, Missouri. Officer Michael was fatally shot while performing a routine traffic stop on Sunday, August 6. Read more...

ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH HAWLEY TO FILE MOTION AGAINST BACKPAGE, CONTAINS EXPLOSIVE NEW REVELATIONS


St. Louis, Mo. (August 1, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley filed court documents in St. Louis today with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri which contain explosive new revelations about Backpage.com’s involvement in human trafficking.  Read more...

AG Hawley Brings Another Public Corruption Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 24, 2017)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that he has filed felony and misdemeanor charges against Cooper County Clerk Darryl Kempf. This is the third corruption prosecution against public officials by AG Hawley’s Public Corruption Team. Kempf is charged with failure to furnish a return, receiving stolen property, and stealing. Read more...

Court grants AG Hawley’s request for temporary restraining order


Springfield, Mo. (July 21, 2017) - Attorney General Josh Hawley and attorneys from the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office brought a temporary restraining order (TRO) against a number of the massage parlors that were raided on Thursday as part of a major crackdown against suspect human trafficking in Springfield, Missouri. Read more...

AG Hawley takes emergency action to shut down Missouri businesses connected to human trafficking


Springfield, Mo. (July 20, 2017) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today took emergency legal action to shut down a series of Southwest Missouri businesses connected to human trafficking. This action follows raids Thursday across the Springfield region by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Attorney General’s Office and other agencies targeting businesses believed to be involved in illegal trafficking. Read more...



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