NEWS

  • AG Schmitt Announces Guilty Plea of Webster County Contractor for Home Repair Fraud

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:27 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 25, 2019) – Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that James R. Butts, 31, pled guilty to unlawful merchandising practices in Pulaski County. In his plea, Butts admitted that he falsely promised a homeowner that, in exchange for $ 9,762 dollars, he and his company Marshfield Landscaping and Fence, LLC would order privacy fence materials and install a residential privacy fence for the homeowner. Despite being paid, Mr. Butts failed to provide any work or materials to the homeowner.
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  • AG Schmitt Renews Warnings of Scams, Price Gouging in Wake of Flooding

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:25 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 22, 2019) – Following Governor Parson’s declaration of a state of emergency due to the flooding in certain parts of Missouri, Attorney General Schmitt renewed his warning to Missourians regarding price gouging and scams. Earlier this week, AG Schmitt warned citizens about construction fraud, charity fraud, and price gouging. During times of emergency and natural disasters, scammers and unscrupulous businesses and individuals take advantage of the displacement and devastation.
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  • AG Schmitt Obtains Guilty Plea, $200,000 in Restitution in Medicaid Fraud Case

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:24 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 20, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Dr. Thomas H. Alms of Mount Vernon, pled guilty to committing a class C felony of Medicaid fraud, following an investigation and prosecution by his office. Alms was ordered to repay $200,000.00 to the Medicaid program and surrender his license to practice dentistry and has been placed on probation for five years.
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  • AG Schmitt Warns of Scams After Flooding

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:22 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 19, 2019) - In the wake of major flooding in Missouri, Attorney General Eric Schmitt today released a list of tips and warnings to protect Missourians who have been affected by the flooding from scams and frauds in the coming weeks and months.
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  • AG Schmitt Praises Missouri Supreme Court’s Ruling Against Modern Day “Debtors’ Prisons”

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:21 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 19, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt praised the Supreme Court of Missouri’s ruling against so-called Debtors’ Prisons in the State of Missouri v. George Richey. Attorney General Schmitt filed an amicus brief in this case on January 7th, arguing that no Missouri statute provides clear authority to consider jail debts as court costs. The Supreme Court of Missouri handed down their decision this afternoon, delivered by Judge Mary Russell.
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  • AG Schmitt Files Charges Against Moberly Man for Defrauding Food Bank Patrons

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:19 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 18, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced his office filed charges in Boone County, Missouri against Kyle McClain of Moberly, Missouri for violating the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act. The four-count Felony Complaint alleges that McClain fraudulently sold insurance plans to patrons at Boone County food banks under the guise of helping them get a grant for dental work. However, eligibility for the grant did not require the purchase of McClain’s insurance or any insurance. The State alleges that McClain made intentional misrepresentations relating to the sale of the insurance and illegally profited from his fraudulent scheme.
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  • AG Schmitt Secures Guilty Plea, $6,000 in Restitution in Medicaid Fraud Case

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:17 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 15, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that Caruthersville native Felicia Ricks, 38, pled guilty to committing a class C felony of Medicaid fraud. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Ricks was sentenced to five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and ordered to repay more than $6,000 to the Medicaid program.
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  • AG Schmitt Hosts SAFE Kit Initiative Multi-Disciplinary Group

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:15 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 13, 2019) – Just two weeks after Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced his SAFE Kit initiative, he and his staff hosted a multi-disciplinary group meeting yesterday to further discuss and share input on how to proceed regarding the backlog of untested sexual assault kits in Missouri. The meeting attendees consisted of victim advocates, law enforcement officials, hospital and healthcare representatives, and more.
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  • AG Schmitt Launches Sunshine Law Data Portal

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:09 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 13, 2019) – As Missouri continues to celebrate Sunshine Week, Attorney General Schmitt announced today a new data portal to track Sunshine Law records requests and complaints received by the Attorney General’s Office. The portal is available at http://sunshine.ago.mo.gov and allows citizens and members of the media to review historical data pertaining to Sunshine Law requests and complaints handled by the Attorney General’s Office. The Attorney General’s Office works tirelessly every day to ensure that Sunshine Law requests are fulfilled as quickly as possible.
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  • AG Schmitt Announces Revamped Sunshine Law Book During Sunshine Week

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:07 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 11, 2019) – As Missouri celebrates Sunshine Week, Attorney General Schmitt announced today a redesigned and more user-friendly Sunshine Law Book. One of the changes is an addition of a “Top 10 Things to Know” regarding the Missouri Sunshine Law, open records or meetings, and more. The new book can be found on the Missouri Attorney General’s website at sunshine.ago.mo.gov.
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  • AG Schmitt Warns of Scams and Fraud During Tax Season

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:05 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 8, 2019) – On the last day of National Consumer Protection Week, AG Schmitt is warning Missouri consumers about possible scams that arise during tax season. Scammers and fraudsters take advantage of the confusion that may occur before filing taxes to steal money, identities, or secure information.
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  • AG Schmitt and the Federal Trade Commission Secure Record $30 Million in Sweepstakes Scam Case

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:04 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 7, 2019) - The operators of a sweepstakes scam that appeared to target senior citizens have agreed to forfeit a record $30 million in cash and assets and will be permanently banned from the prize promotion business under a settlement secured by the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Missouri. “Protecting our most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly, is something that I dedicate myself to every single day,” said AG Schmitt.
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  • AG Schmitt Files Lawsuit Against Telemarketer Making Robocalls to Missouri Residents

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:02 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 5, 2019) – Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has filed suit against four Florida-based businesses, Health Advisors of America, Inc., Duff Insurance Brokerage Inc., America’s Best Insurance Group Inc., and Michael T Smith Insurance Inc., and their Presidents, Michael Smith Jr. and Zachary Cox, for violations of Missouri’s No-Call Law. The lawsuit alleges the Defendants violated Missouri law by making automated telephone calls, or “robocalls,” offering health insurance to Missouri residents who were on the Missouri No-Call list.
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  • AG Schmitt Announces Start of Wells Fargo Consumer Redress Review Program

    Jun 13, 2019, 16:00 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 6, 2019) – Wells Fargo has launched a consumer review program for Missourians who believe they were harmed by the actions of the company, but have yet to receive compensation, according to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.
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  • AG Schmitt Announces Consumer Protection Week

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:57 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 4, 2019) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Consumer Protection Week, which will take place from March 4th to March 9th, to promote, discuss, and highlight the work that the Consumer Protection Section does to protect Missourians from scams and fraud. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office joins other Attorneys General as well as national partners such as the Federal Trade Commission in promoting Consumer Protection Week.
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  • AG Schmitt Announces Communications Director Marianna Deal

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:56 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (March 1, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is announcing that he has recruited 28 year FleishmanHillard veteran Marianna Deal to serve as his Communications Director. Marianna joins Chris Nuelle, Press Secretary, who has served in numerous political campaigns and organizations.
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  • AG Schmitt Names State Coordinator of Sexual Assault Kit Initiative to Eliminate Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:53 PM by AG Schmitt
    Jefferson City, Mo. (February 27, 2019) – Attorney General Schmitt announced today that he has appointed the honorable Judge M. Keithley Williams, a former trial judge in Jasper County and treatment court administrator in the City of St. Louis, to lead the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. Made possible by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Judge Williams will work with law enforcement agencies to clear out the backlog of untested sexual assault kits, bring peace of mind to victims, and assist law enforcement in bringing those responsible to justice.
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  • AG Schmitt, Senator Onder, and Representative Gregory Announce Statute to Fight Carjackings in Missouri

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:51 PM by AG Schmitt
    St. Louis, Mo. (February 25, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, State Senator Bob Onder, and State Representative David Gregory announced in a press conference that they would partner on introducing a statute to better address and prosecute violent carjackings in the state of Missouri. The statute would allow prosecutors to charge carjackers with motor vehicle hijacking rather than a broader robbery charge, which will allow for more efficient prosecution, simplified and more detailed statistical tracking, and an increase in uniform sentencing.
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  • AG Schmitt Meets with Local Prosecuting Attorneys in Cape Girardeau

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:50 PM by AG Schmitt
    Cape Girardeau, Mo. (February 7, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Schmitt met with local prosecuting attorneys from Southeast Missouri to discuss ways to work together to combat a variety of issues, including violent crime, the opioid crisis, human trafficking, and more. Schmitt also met with prosecutors in the Kansas City area in late January, and hopes to continue to meet with prosecutors across the state.
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  • AG Schmitt Announces Investigation into “Daycare Fight Club”

    Jun 13, 2019, 15:47 PM by AG Schmitt
    St. Louis, Mo. (February 20, 2019) – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that the Attorney General’s Office served a civil investigative demand yesterday to Adventure Learning Center for information relating to the “daycare fight club” caught on camera in the St. Louis school in late 2016. Schmitt’s investigation is separate from St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s investigation.
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