2018 NEWS ARCHIVES 

AG Hawley Announces Shannon County Public Corruption Charges


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 11, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that his office has filed a felony complaint in Shannon County against former City of Winona Clerk Terri Denton. The complaint alleges that Denton, during her time as city clerk, misappropriated at least five hundred dollars. Read more...

AG Hawley Responds to Secretary of State Inquiry


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 10, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today sent a letter responding to a request for information from Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s Office. The letter rebuts in detail the frivolous nature of the complaint filed by the American Defense Legal Fund. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Multistate Fight Against Robocalls


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 6, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that he has joined a bipartisan group of 40 state attorneys general to stop or reduce repetitive and harmful robocalls. This coalition is reviewing the technology that major telecommunications companies are pursuing to combat illegal robocalls. “This multistate effort is vitally important,” Hawley said. “Missourians complain regularly about repeated robocalls that interrupt their daily lives. As a part of this group, my Office is working to find ways to fight spoofing and other robocalls that are not prevented by the No-Call List.” Read more...

AG Hawley Announces $6 Million Settlement with Encore Capital, Midland Credit Management, and Midland Funding


Jefferson City, Mo. (December 5, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Hawley today announced that Missouri joined 41 states and the District of Columbia in reaching a $6 million settlement with Encore Capital Group Inc. and its subsidiaries Midland Credit Management, Inc. and Midland Funding, LLC, one of the nation’s largest debt buyers. Read more...

Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Identity Theft, Will Resign


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 20, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Cory Hutcheson, 35, of East Prairie, MO, today pled guilty to federal felony charges as part of a global resolution of federal and state criminal and civil cases pending against him. He pled guilty to wire fraud and illegally possessing and transferring the means of identification of others, in this case mobile telephone numbers, without lawful authority, and in connection with the commission of the state felony crime of Forgery. Sentencing has been set for February 28, 2019. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Indictment of Phelps County Attorney


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 19, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that a Phelps County Grand Jury indicted attorney Brant Shockley with 18 counts involving sexual assaults of four different women. The charged criminal conduct dates back to 2014 and occurred at the Defendant’s home and offices in Phelps County. Shockley was taken into custody Friday.   Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Cole County Sexually Violent Predator Commitment


Jefferson City, Mo. (November 16, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Dorian Bryant, 46, stipulated to being a sexually violent predator in the Circuit Court of Cole County, on Wednesday. Bryant has a lengthy criminal history including violent crimes and drug offenses. In 1999, while on probation for another violent offense, Bryant committed first-degree sexual misconduct by grabbing a woman in a parking lot on the way to her vehicle.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Charges Filed against former Gasconade County Sheriff’s Deputy


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 26, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office has filed felony criminal charges in Gasconade County against former Gasconade County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew A. Hutchings. Deputy Hutchings is charged with two counts of sodomy in the first degree, and one count of sexual abuse in the first degree. In March, while on duty, Deputy Hutchings sexually assaulted a woman in her home. The two had previously met online. Read more...

AG Hawley Wins Judgment against Gary Schier and Schier Company, Inc. for Misleading Missouri Dairy Farmers


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 19, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a judgment of $174,241.27 against a defendant who sought to defraud a cooperative of dairy farmers in Mountain Grove, Missouri. The judgment requires the Defendant to pay $79,400 in restitution to the farmers, as well as civil penalties, attorney fees, and costs. In 2014, a cooperative of dairy farmers in Mountain Grove, Missouri built a dairy processing plant to process milk to sell to the local community.  Read more...

AG Hawley Warns Missourians about New Telephone Scam


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 18, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today issued a scam alert, warning Missouri residents about a new telephone scam. The Attorney General’s Office has received numerous complaints this week from Missouri residents after being contacted by would-be scammers claiming to represent the Social Security Administration.Those who have received these scam calls report receiving a phone call from someone telling them that their social security benefits have been suspended and they must call back in order to fix the problem.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Charges Filed against Bonne Terre Police Officer


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 17, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office has filed felony criminal charges in St. Francois County against Bonne Terre Police Officer Travis W. Cozine. Officer Cozine is charged with assault in the second degree, armed criminal action, and the unlawful possession of a weapon. Read more...

AG Hawley Files Amicus Brief Opposing Mandated Government Subsidization of Discriminatory Boycotts Against Israel


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 15, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and eight other states today filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit supporting Arizona’s motion to stay a preliminary injunction against an Arizona law that prohibits the State from entering into procurement contracts with businesses that boycott Israel.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Kansas City Contractor Convicted of Home Repair Fraud


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 12, 2018) - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Robert B. Williams, 47, of Kansas City, pled guilty to unlawful merchandising practices in Johnson, Clay, and Platte Counties. In his pleas, Williams admitted that he falsely promised homeowners that in exchange for upfront payment, he and his company, Xtreme Concrete and Outdoor Design, LLC, would perform concrete work and other construction services. Despite being paid, Mr. Williams failed to provide any work or materials to the homeowners. Read more...

AG Josh Hawley Encourages Missourians To Donate Wisely Following Hurricanes


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 11, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Hawley today reminded Missourians to donate wisely in the aftermath of catastrophic weather events. Hurricanes Michael’s and Florence’s devastating paths have left thousands of people without homes and many more in need of basic necessities and assistance. Relief funds have been set up and support is pouring in from all over the country. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Final Results of Rape Kit Audit and SAKI Grant Award


Jefferson City, Mo. (October 1, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his Office has received a $2.8 million Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Attorney General also announced the final results of the statewide rape kit audit conducted by his office. Read more...

AG Hawley Obtains a $45,467 Judgment against Best Way A-Z Hot Mix Paving for Shoddy and Incomplete Asphalt Work


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 28, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a $45,467 judgment on behalf of 11 Missourians who received poor or incomplete paving or sealing services from Darin Ruby and his business, Best Way A-Z Hot Mix Paving. Ruby approached potential customers door-to-door offering discounted asphalt and sealing services. After they paid for services promised by Ruby, he either did not perform the services or performed them poorly. At times, Ruby also demanded money over and above the initial agreed-upon price to complete the work. Read more...

AG Hawley Obtains a $27,776 Default Judgment Against Joshua Luttrell and SNL Fencing for Defrauding Missouri Consumers


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 27, 2018) — Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a default judgment of $27,776 on behalf of four southwest Missouri residents who were defrauded by Joshua Luttrell and his companies doing business as SNL Fencing and Dirtwork. Luttrell entered into contracts to build fences for ranches, farms, and homes in rural southwest Missouri. Although he took upfront payments from customers, Luttrell failed to construct the fences or they were of poor quality and required repair.  Read more...

AG Hawley Reaches $148 Million Settlement with Uber over Data Breach


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 26, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that he, along with 49 other states and the District of Columbia, has reached an agreement with California-based ride-sharing company Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber) to address the company’s one-year delay in reporting a data breach to its affected drivers. Uber learned in November 2016 that hackers had gained access to personal information Uber maintained about its drivers, including the drivers’ license information of approximately 600,000 drivers nationwide. Read more...

AG Hawley Fires Back in Duck Boat Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 24, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today fired back in court filings arguing the court should not dismiss the lawsuit filed against Ripley Entertainment, Inc. and Branson Duck Vehicles, LLC alleging violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, Missouri’s principal consumer protection statute. The filings also argue that the Circuit Court of Taney County is the proper venue for the case. Read more...

AG Hawley Joins 11-State Push for Deeper Cuts in Opioid Pill Manufacturing


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 20, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley joined an 11-state coalition in calling upon the federal government to implement sweeping reforms to account for the misuse of prescription painkillers and ultimately lead to the manufacturing of fewer opioids in 2019. Attorney General Hawley believes that although a 10-percent reduction is a step in the right direction, the proposed quotas remain excessive. The DEA has not yet accounted for illicit diversion and relevant input from states and federal agencies. Read more...

AG Hawley Obtains a $13,357 Default Judgment against Michael Robinson and Michael’s Irrigation, LLC for Defrauding Missouri Consumers


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 18, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a $13,357 default judgment on behalf of six Missouri consumers who were defrauded by Michael Robinson and his company Michael’s Irrigation, LLC. Robinson entered into agreements with Missouri consumers to provide installation and maintenance services for water irrigation systems and took upfront payment for those services. Despite receiving payment, Robinson and his company failed to provide any of the promised services to customers. Read more...

AG Hawley Urges Congress to Support Funding Under Violence Against Women Act


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 17, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Hawley today joined 55 state and territory attorneys general urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) before it expires this year. The attorneys general sent a letter to congressional leaders and the chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees emphasizing the importance of VAWA and the necessary tools it makes available to female survivors of violence. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Buchanan County SVP Commitment


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 11, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that a Buchanan County jury took less than one hour to find Franklin J. Stitt, Jr., 82, to be a sexually violent predator. Stitt, a former resident of Amazonia, Missouri, and diagnosed pedophile, has a decades long history of sexually abusing boys and girls as young as four years old. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Guilty Plea and Sentence in Financial Exploitation of the Elderly Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 7, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Kasey Hudson, 43, pled guilty to Financial Exploitation of the Elderly and Unlawful Merchandising Practices in connection with an asphalt scam in the Montgomery County-area. Hudson was sentenced to five years of supervised probation and ordered to pay restitution of $7,500. AG Hawley previously obtained a civil judgment against Kasey Hudson on May 4, 2018 for $107,964.25. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Consecutive Life Sentences Plus 177 Years for Barry County Double Murderer


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 7, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that Barry County Circuit Judge Jack Goodman sentenced double murderer Christopher Paschall to two consecutive life sentences for murder in the first degree, plus a combined 177 years, which will also run consecutively, for three counts of armed criminal action and parental kidnapping. The sentence follows a September 28, 2017, jury finding that Paschall, 40, of Springdale, Arkansas, was guilty of two counts of murder in the first degree, parental kidnapping, and three counts of armed criminal action following a four-day trial. Read more...

Personal Care Attendant Cheryl Kelly Sentenced Following Medicaid Fraud and Financially Exploiting an Elderly Veteran Convictions


Jefferson City, Mo. (September 4, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Cheryl Kelly, 52, of Kansas City, has been sentenced to five years of probation and must pay $15,000 in restitution and $10,000 in civil penalties after being found guilty of one Class B felony count of financial exploitation of an elderly person and two Class C felony Counts of Medicaid fraud in June. The case was jointly prosecuted by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Read more...

AG Hawley Files Lawsuit Against Branson Duck Vehicles and Ripley Entertainment


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 31, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today filed a petition in the Circuit Court of Taney County urging the court to enjoin Branson Duck Vehicles, LLC and Ripley Entertainment, Inc. from operating duck boats in Missouri. The Attorney General’s Office alleges violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, Missouri’s principal consumer-protection statute. On July 19, seventeen people drowned while on a tour of Table Rock Lake when their duck boat sank during severe weather. Read more...

AG Hawley Co-Sponsors Overdose Death Investigation and Prosecution Training for Missouri Prosecutors


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 29, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services and the National Attorneys General Research Institute, today sponsored a day-long training course covering overdose death investigations and prosecutions. The course focused on issues related to the investigation and prosecution of death cases from overdoses of heroin and fentanyl. Read more...

AG Hawley Praises Appointment of Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan as U.S. Marshall


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 29, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley praised the United States Senate for approving Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan as a U.S. Marshall for the Eastern District of Missouri. Sheriff Jordan is the longest serving Sheriff in Cape Girardeau County history, having served for over 20 years. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Dunklin County Double Murder Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 28, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that William “Josh” Carter was convicted of two counts of murder in the first degree following a jury trial in New Madrid County. The jury returned the guilty verdicts after 36 minutes of deliberation. In June 2016, Carter intentionally struck his estranged wife, Heather Carter, and her friend Aaron Campbell with his SUV, killing them. The dispute began after an argument when the defendant struck Mrs. Carter’s SUV with his SUV and drove off, in Kennett, Missouri. Read more...



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