2017 NEWS ARCHIVES 

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...

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...



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