Category: MO Attorney General

AG Schmitt Announces First Federal Indictments in Western Part of Missouri Through the Safer Streets Initiative

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today the first federal indictments obtained by a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) under the Safer Streets Initiative in the Western District of Missouri were handed down in Springfield. Tony Brown, one of the three Assistant Attorneys General deputized as SAUSAs as part of

Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys in Kansas City, Springfield Sworn In as Part of Safer Streets Initiative, Adding Prosecutorial Might to Fight Violent Crime

Jefferson City, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Assistant Attorneys General from the Attorney General’s Office were sworn in as Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSAs) in Kansas City and Springfield as part of the Safer Streets Initiative. Two attorneys and a legal secretary were added in Kansas City and an

Missouri Attorney General’s Office Obtains Over $13 Million in Settlements, Judgments in First Seven Months of 2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In his first seven months in office, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and the Consumer Protection Section of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office secured over $13 million in judgments and settlements for the state of Missouri and Missourians. The amount obtained in judgments and settlements in the first seven months of

Attorney General Schmitt Announces Conviction of St. Charles Construction Scammer

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today the conviction and sentencing of a St. Charles contractor who scammed residents out of thousands. Matthew Chapman pled guilty in May to four counts of unlawful merchandising practices in St. Charles County. Today, Chapman was sentenced to six years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, with

Three Additional Federal Indictments Secured Through Safer Streets Initiative

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSAs) deputized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office through the Safer Streets Initiative have secured three more federal indictments, bringing the total number of unsealed indictments to seven since the initiative was launched. On July 10, 2019, a federal

Attorney General Schmitt Nearing Completion of SAFE Kits Initiative Inventory

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General announced new inventory completion percentages for hospitals and law enforcement agencies as part of his SAFE Kits Initiative. As of the end of July, 95.6% of law enforcement agencies in the state have completed their inventory and 98.5% of hospitals and Veterans Affairs medical facilities have completed

Attorney General Schmitt Settles Lawsuit With the City of Wood Heights

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has obtained a consent judgment finding the City of Wood Heights violated Missouri’s Sunshine Law. In April 2018, Wood Heights held a closed-session vote to disband its police department without giving public notice, as required by the Sunshine Law. Following that action,

AG Schmitt Launches Investigation into Missouri State University For Alleged Ticket Quotas

Springfield, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office launched an investigation into the Missouri State University, Office of University Safety, for allegedly enforcing a parking ticket quota and violating Senate Bill 5 and other related legislation. The Attorney General’s Office learned through whistleblowers that officials in Missouri State University’s Office of

AG Schmitt Announces Sentencing of Wayne County Convicted Child Rapist

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today the sentencing of Daniel Martin, who was sentenced to 38 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for sodomy, rape and molestation of a minor. “One of my most important duties as Attorney General of Missouri is to protect our citizens – especially children –

AG Schmitt Announces Sentencing of Former Winona City Clerk Terri Denton

Jefferson City, Mo. –  Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that former City Clerk for Winona, Missouri, Terri Denton, has been sentenced, following a June 4, 2019 guilty plea to one count of the class C felony of Receiving Stolen Property in the Circuit Court of Shannon County. “Our public officials should operate with

AG Schmitt Successfully Commits Four Sexually Violent Predators Since June

Jefferson City, Mo. – In the past two months, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has successfully committed four sexually violent predators, a part of his continuing efforts to keep Missourians safe. Since early June, the Sexually Violent Predator Unit at the Attorney General’s Office has successfully committed Pete Wright, Stanley Schell, Wilbert Payton, and Charles

AG Schmitt Announces Settlement with the St. Louis Housing Authority

St. Louis, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that the office settled the lawsuit pending against the Saint Louis Housing Authority and McCormack Baron for violations of the Missouri Merchandising Protection Act and public nuisance claims. “I am pleased that the Saint Louis Housing Authority and McCormack Baron have taken steps since

AG Schmitt and Coalition of Attorneys General Announces Multistate Settlement of $600 Million from Equifax in Largest Data Breach Settlement in History

Jefferson City, Mo. — Attorney General Eric Schmitt today announced that a coalition of 50 Attorneys General, comprising 48 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has reached a settlement with Equifax as the result of an investigation into a massive 2017 data breach. The investigation found that Equifax’s failure to

AG Schmitt Secures Three More Federal Indictments Through Safer Streets Initiative

St. Louis, Mo.  – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has secured an additional three federal indictments in St. Louis through the Safer Streets Initiative. All three indictments, which were recently unsealed, were obtained by Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys (SAUSAs) deputized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office as part of the Safer Streets

AG Schmitt Resolves Lawsuit with City of Diamond Over Traffic Ticket Quotas

Jefferson City, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his lawsuit with the City of Diamond has been resolved. Attorney General Schmitt filed the lawsuit against the City of Diamond in April, alleging that members of the city’s police force were enforcing a traffic ticket quota in order to generate more revenue

Pharmacist Ordered to Repay $125,000 to Missouri’s Medicaid Program

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Steven Baraban, pursuant to a plea agreement, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri to 3 years probation and ordered to repay Missouri’s Medicaid program $125,102.50. Baraban’s sentencing follows his March 1, 2019, guilty plea to one count

Missouri Attorney General and Group of Local, State, and Federal Agencies Partner with FTC for New Crackdown on Illegal Robocalls

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Attorney General Schmitt, along with a multitude of state Attorneys General, and local, state, and federal agencies, announced a partnership to crack down on illegal robocalls. Among all participants in the joint crackdown, called “Operation Call it Quits,” 94 actions have been taken targeting operations around the country responsible for more

Missouri Attorney General’s Office to Aid Consumers Affected by the Flood at MARC Locations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Attorney General’s Office is joining with local and state agencies to help those affected by the devastating flooding throughout Missouri. Investigators from the Attorney General’s office will provide resource materials with tips on selecting reputable contractors, avoiding price gouging, protecting personal information from identity fraud, and other scams seen after

AG Schmitt Statement on Killing of North County Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf

Jefferson City, Mo. – Following the tragic killing of North County Cooperative Police Officer Michael Langsdorf, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt released the following statement: “Brave men and women put on the badge and uniform and leave their families and friends to protect their communities, not knowing what they might face while on duty. Officer

Attorneys in Missouri Attorney General’s Office Receive Spate of Awards

Jefferson City, Mo. – Recently, some of the talented attorneys in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office have been awarded for their hard work and dedication to serving the people of Missouri. Assistant Attorneys General Nathan Aquino and Jennifer Szczucinski were both nominated for awards from the Missouri Bar Foundation, and members of the Solicitor General

AG Schmitt Highlights the State of Missouri in Speech to Missouri Boys State

Jefferson City, Mo. – In a speech to a raucous Missouri Boys State crowd on Tuesday evening, Attorney General Schmitt had a simple message: you’re welcome. Addressing everyone located outside of Missouri – specifically those in the coastal states – Schmitt highlighted the important inventions, people, and events that have all come out of Missouri,

AG Schmitt Hosts Second “Working Group” to Discuss SAFE Kits Initiative

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and representatives from a variety of law enforcement, healthcare, and advocacy organizations gathered today in Jefferson City to discuss the progress and next steps in the SAFE Kit Initiative. The SAFE Kit Initiative is an effort to clear out the backlog of untested sexual assault kits

AG Schmitt Sues Garden City for Sunshine Law Violations

Jefferson City, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office is filing a lawsuit against the city of Garden City for disbanding most of their police department in a vote behind closed doors, a violation of Missouri’s Sunshine Law. Located in Cass County, Garden City voted to disband most of its

AG Schmitt Joins Kickoff of Clean Sweep 2019

St. Louis, Mo. – Today, Attorney General Schmitt joined James Clark and Better Family Life for their kickoff event of their Clean Sweep 2019 initiative. Better Family Life founded and is leading this effort, along with developers and business leaders from the Regional Business Council in St. Louis, to knock down abandoned buildings in North