2018 NEWS ARCHIVES 

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 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...

AG Hawley Announces Jeffrey Kowalski Sentenced for Attempted Identity Theft


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 27, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Jeffrey Kowalski of Camden County has been sentenced to 17 months in jail after being found guilty of violating two counts of Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act, one count of attempted identity theft, and one count of attempted stealing by deceit. He was found guilty of all four counts in July. Read more...

AG Hawley Urges Public Service Commission to Increase Privacy Protections for Missouri Consumers


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 24, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today submitted a regulatory filing urging the Public Service Commission to adopt more stringent privacy protections for Missouri consumers. The Public Service Commission, which regulates Missouri utilities, is considering rules governing how companies use and share customer information.  Read more...

AG Hawley to Launch Independent Review of Archdiocese of St. Louis


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 23, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office has launched an independent review of the Archdiocese of St. Louis regarding allegations of sexual abuse by clergy members. This comes after the Archdiocese agreed to voluntarily cooperate with the Attorney General’s Office.  Read more...

AG Hawley Urges Congress to Close Deadly Fentanyl Loophole


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 23, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, as part of a bipartisan coalition of 52 state and territory attorneys general, called on Congress today to help end the opioid epidemic and close a loophole that allows those who traffic deadly fentanyl to stay a step ahead of law enforcement. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Medicaid Investigation Leads to Guilty Plea in DeBrodie Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 20, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that a joint- state and federal investigation led to the guilty plea of Melissa Denise DeLap, 49, of Columbia, Mo. DeLap plead guilty in federal court to health care fraud.  Read more...

AG Hawley Files Lawsuit Against the St. Louis Housing Authority


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 16, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today filed a lawsuit against the St. Louis Housing Authority and McCormack Baron Management, Inc., challenging the conditions of the Clinton-Peabody Housing Complex in St. Louis. Earlier this year, the Attorney General’s Office announced an investigation into living conditions at the complex. The Office served an investigative subpoena on the Housing Authority, and since that time investigators from the Office have inspected units at the housing complex.    Read more...

AG Hawley Statement on Hair Braiders Supreme Court Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 15, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today released the following statement: “Today, rather than having the Supreme Court review a case that will become moot when the new law, passed by the legislature this year, is implemented, the Attorney General’s Office is waiving its response in Niang v Tomblinson. We encourage the Board of Cosmetology to implement the new law expeditiously.” Read more...

AG Hawley Files Lawsuit Against Rough Country Rustic Furniture, LLC for Deceptive Practices


Jefferson City, Mo. (August 1, 2018) – Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit today against Joseph Ross, Ashley Dillard, and their companies Rough Country Rustic Furniture, LLC (“Rough Country”) and Rustic Concealment Solutions, LLC (“Rustic Concealment”). Rough Country is an online furniture company located in Wright County, Missouri. The Attorney General’s lawsuit alleges that the company and its owners used deceptive and unfair business practices in connection with the sale of furniture and home décor. Read more...

AG Hawley Joins Bipartisan Fight to Protect Veterans Memorial


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 31, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley joined a bipartisan group of 28 states in fighting to protect a historic cross honoring World War I veterans as part of a case with much broader implications for the First Amendment. In an Amicus Brief filed Monday, the 28-state coalition urges the U.S. Supreme Court to consider and ultimately protect veterans memorials that include religious symbolism. Read more...

AG Hawley Files Lawsuit to Address Deadly Conditions at “The Offsets” in Madison County


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 30, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office has filed a lawsuit seeking to compel a commercial enterprise in Madison County known as “The Offsets” to remedy deadly conditions at the former quarry. The recreational facility has been the site of at least 9 deaths—including two since July 4 of this year—and numerous other serious bodily injuries. Read more...

AG Hawley Serves Additional Investigative Subpoena on Google


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 25, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office has served a new investigative subpoena on tech giant Google as part of its continuing investigation into the company’s business practices. The new subpoena relates to allegations that the company took improper steps to enhance its market power. Last week, the European Commission imposed a record-breaking $5.1 billion fine on Google for related conduct in the European Union. Read more...

AG Hawley Partners with Operation Donate with Honor


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 19, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that he has partnered with the Federal Trade Commission and all state attorneys general in Operation Donate with Honor. Operation Donate with Honor is raising awareness about fraudulent charities. The program will educate donors about how to identify scams and encourage donors to continue giving to legitimate charities that dedicate themselves to helping our veterans and military service members. Read more...

AG Hawley Files Public Corruption Charges Against Former Greenville City Clerk


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 19, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Joshua Hawley announced that his office has filed felony criminal charges in Wayne County against former Greenville City Clerk Pamela S. Birmingham. The complaint alleges that Birmingham misappropriated over $150,000 in currency over the course of her employment as City Clerk and forged an entry in the city’s check disbursement log.   Read more...

AG Hawley Files Motion Seeking Criminal Sanctions Against Backpage.com


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 16, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office has filed a motion for criminal sanctions against Backpage.com related to false statements the company made in court. Backpage’s recent guilty pleas include admissions that directly contradict statements Backpage made in court proceedings with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Office Will Not Retry Brad Jennings


Jefferson City, Mo. (July 12, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office will not pursue a retrial against Brad Jennings in the 2006 Christmas Day death of Lisa Jennings. In February, a judge vacated Jennings’ 2009 second-degree murder conviction when evidence was presented that a gunshot residue test had been conducted but the results were not turned over to prosecutors or defense attorneys. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Settlement Agreement Reached in Bridgeton Landfill Lawsuit


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 29, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that after five years of litigation, a settlement has been reached between the State of Missouri and Bridgeton Landfill, LLC, Allied Services, LLC, and Republic Services, Inc.  In 2013, the State filed a lawsuit alleging violations of Missouri’s environmental regulations and asserting common-law claims related to a subsurface fire at the Bridgeton Landfill. The settlement imposes extensive maintenance, monitoring and mitigation requirements on Bridgeton; commits Bridgeton’s parent company, Republic, to guarantee and financially assure those activities; and provides restitution to the community affected by the landfill fire. Read more...

AG Hawley Statement Regarding Supreme Court Decision on Travel Ban


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 26, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today released the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court decision upholding President Trump’s proclamation limiting entry into the United States for aliens from specified countries as well as limiting refugees: “I am pleased to see the Supreme Court uphold the President’s power to make national security decisions,” Hawley said. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces a $100 Million Multistate Settlement with Citibank for Manipulating Interest Rate Benchmarks


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 15, 2018) – Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced a $100 million multistate settlement with Citibank for fraudulent conduct involving U.S. Dollar (USD) LIBOR. This is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a widespread impact on global markets and consumers. The investigation was conducted by a working group of 42 State Attorneys General offices. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Cass County Sexually Violent Predator Commitment


Jefferson City, Mo. (June 13, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that a Cass County jury took only 45 minutes to commit Devin S. Hydorn, 37, as a sexually violent predator, on June 13. Hydorn has a history of sexual offenses against female minors. He was convicted in Kansas in 1999 and in Missouri in 2007 for sexual offenses against several Belton-area students. Hydorn continued to seek out children while on parole and was returned to prison after less than a year of release, despite sexual offender treatment. Read more...



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