Reminder: Human trafficking awareness training requirement for CDL holders starts July 1
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Reminder: Human trafficking awareness training requirement for CDL holders starts July 1

TOPEKA – (June 5, 2018) – In less than one month, people who apply for a new or renewed commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Kansas must have completed training in human trafficking awareness before receiving their license, Attorney General Derek Schmidt reminded drivers today. The new legal requirement was enacted …

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AG Derek Schmidt to join in town hall meeting on combating elder financial exploitation

Meeting in Topeka to be hosted by federal Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection TOPEKA – (June 5, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Acting Director Mick Mulvaney will provide remarks Friday at a town hall meeting in Topeka on efforts to combat elder …

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AG Derek Schmidt: Unusual effort that returned $1.7 million to scam victims ‘heartwarming’

TOPEKA – (June 4, 2018) – An unusual initiative by the attorney general’s office to find victims who wired money to scammers returned more than $1.7 million to almost 350 Kansans in about two months, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. A 2017 legal settlement between federal and state authorities, …

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Texas man sentenced to more than 14 years for involuntary manslaughter while DUI

JUNCTION CITY – (June 1, 2018) – A Texas man was sentenced today to more than 14 years in prison for murder and involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Steven W. Johnson, 45, of Houston, pleaded guilty in March to one count of …

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AG Derek Schmidt statement on court ruling that out-of-state candidates ineligible to run for Kansas governor

TOPEKA – (May 31, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued the following statement in response to today’s ruling by Shawnee County District Court Judge Teresa L. Watson that current Kansas law requires candidates for governor and lieutenant governor to be residents of Kansas: “We appreciate the court’s impartial assessment …

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AG Derek Schmidt: Florida company fined for violating No-Call Act

TOPEKA – (May 31, 2018) – A Florida company has been ordered to pay $10,000 in penalties and fees for violating the No-Call Act, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. National Auto Protection Corp, West Palm Beach, Florida, agreed to a consent judgment ordering it to pay $10,000 in …

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AG Derek Schmidt reaches settlement with Marshall County Board of County Commissioners over KOMA violation

TOPEKA – (May 30, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today executed a settlement with the Marshall County Board of County Commissioners to resolve a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA). In February, the attorney general’s office received a complaint alleging that the Marshall County Board of …

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Dodge City man sentenced to 10 years for drug crimes

DODGE CITY – (May 25, 2018) – A Dodge City man was sentenced today to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug crimes, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Alejandro Acuna, 30, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance …

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AG Derek Schmidt: Manhattan man banned from operating limo service in Kansas

TOPEKA – (May 24, 2018) – A Manhattan man has been banned from operating a vehicle transportation service in Kansas and ordered to repay consumers after being found in violation of Kansas consumer protection laws, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Pete Knippenberg, who does business as Light It Up, …

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Crawford County sisters ordered to repay $3,000 for Medicaid Fraud

PITTSBURG – (May 23, 2018) – A pair of Crawford County sisters were ordered yesterday to repay more than $3,000 to the Kansas Medicaid program after being found guilty of Medicaid Fraud-related charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Amanda Forbes, 43, and Melissa Forbes, 47, of Pittsburg, each pleaded …

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Neodesha man pleads guilty to murder

FREDONIA – (May 22, 2018) – A Neodesha man today pleaded guilty to reckless second-degree murder and other charges in the death of Michael P. Elam, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Dejay Lynn Schlegel, 37, pleaded guilty in Wilson County District Court to one count of murder in the …

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AG Derek Schmidt: Friday is National Missing Children’s Day

TOPEKA – (May 22, 2018) – As National Missing Children’s Day is observed this Friday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is reminding Kansas parents to talk to their children about ways to stay safe. “Communication is key to giving our children the tools to stay safe,” said Schmidt, who noted …

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AG Derek Schmidt: Consumer Protection Division recovers record $61 million in 2017

TOPEKA – (May 21, 2018) – The attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division recovered a record $61 million for consumers and taxpayers last year, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today. In its annual report filed today with the governor and legislature, Schmidt’s office reported nearly $61.9 million in savings and …

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Emporia woman sentenced to 14 months in prison, ordered to repay $12,000 for Medicaid fraud

EMPORIA – (May 17, 2018) – An Emporia woman was sentenced yesterday to more than a year in prison and ordered to repay more than $12,000 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud-related charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Jennifer Flores, 40, pleaded guilty in …

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AG Derek Schmidt: Victim assistance grant opportunities open for application

TOPEKA – (May 14, 2018) – Five grant programs serving victims of crime across Kansas are open for application, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today. More than $2 million in grant funds were awarded last year from five different state programs through the office of the attorney general. Funds …

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Missouri tree and lawn care company ordered to repay Kansas consumer

TOPEKA – (May 14, 2018) – A Missouri tree and lawn care company has been ordered to repay $1,000 to a Kansas consumer after violating Kansas consumer protection laws, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Five-Star Tree & Lawn, LLC, of Lexington, Mo., was ordered to refund the consumer, and comply …

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AG Derek Schmidt: 378 crime victims to receive support

TOPEKA – (May 11, 2018) – The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board yesterday awarded financial assistance to 378 victims of violent crime at its May meeting, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Awards were made in 191 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 187 previously submitted cases. The awards …

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Jackson County woman ordered to repay more than $4,500 for Medicaid fraud

HOLTON – (May 11, 2018) – A Jackson County woman was ordered today to repay more than $4,500 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud-related charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Lisa Lynn Allen, 56, of Soldier, pleaded guilty in April in Jackson County District …

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AG Derek Schmidt: New Equifax filing details personal data stolen in 2017 breach

TOPEKA – (May 9, 2018) – A recent filing by Equifax disclosed additional details relating to its massive 2017 data breach, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Last year, Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting bureaus, announced that its system was compromised between May and July of …

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AG Derek Schmidt: Facebook responds to states’ inquiry about data privacy

TOPEKA – (May 8, 2018) – In response to a letter from 37 state and territorial attorneys general, Facebook has provided information to the states regarding its data privacy policies, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. In a letter dated May 7, Facebook provided a response to issues raised …

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AG Derek Schmidt: Kansas concealed carry licenses now recognized in Delaware

TOPEKA – (May 8, 2018) – An additional state has agreed to recognize Kansas concealed carry licenses, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. Delaware has notified the Kansas Attorney General’s office that Kansas-issued handgun licenses are now recognized in that state. This brings to 40 the number of states, …

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Kansans safely dispose of nearly 30 tons of personal documents during National Consumer Protection Week

TOPEKA – (May 8, 2018) – Kansans safely disposed of nearly 30 tons of personal documents during National Consumer Protection Week, March 4 – 10th, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today. “The outstanding turnout at our free document destruction events shows that Kansans recognize the importance of keeping their …

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Anthony man guilty of child sex crimes

ANTHONY – (May 7, 2018) – An Anthony man today pleaded guilty to child sex crimes, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Kevin Ray Jeter, 43, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and one count of aggravated intimidation of a witness or a victim. …

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AG Derek Schmidt: State files school funding brief

TOPEKA – (May 7, 2018) – The State of Kansas today filed its brief regarding recent legislative enactments in the school finance case, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. The next round of briefing is due May 14. Oral argument at the Kansas Supreme Court is scheduled for May 22. A …

Kansans safely dispose of more than 8 tons of unused medicines
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Kansans safely dispose of more than 8 tons of unused medicines

TOPEKA – (May 4, 2018) – Kansans safely disposed of more than eight tons of unused and unwanted medicines during this past Saturday’s National Drug Take-Back Day, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. Kansas law enforcement officers collected 17,230 pounds of medicines at 112 locations throughout the state during …

AG Derek Schmidt, Johnson and Sedgwick County DAs commend passage of bill to strengthen elder abuse laws
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AG Derek Schmidt, Johnson and Sedgwick County DAs commend passage of bill to strengthen elder abuse laws

TOPEKA – (May 3, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Johnson County District Attorney Stephen Howe and Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett today commended the Kansas Legislature for unanimously passing a bill that would strengthen the state’s laws against elder abuse. The measure, House Bill 2458, would expand …

Consumer Alert: Storm damage could attract illegal contractors
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Consumer Alert: Storm damage could attract illegal contractors

TOPEKA – (May 3, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging Kansas residents to use caution to avoid scams by transient contractors following this week’s severe weather across the state.  “After storm damage, our instinct is to clean up and make repairs as quickly as possible,” Schmidt said. …

AG Derek Schmidt: Legislature passes bill to strengthen protections for human trafficking victims
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AG Derek Schmidt: Legislature passes bill to strengthen protections for human trafficking victims

TOPEKA – (May 1, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today thanked the Kansas Legislature for unanimously passing a bill that will strengthen protections for victims of human trafficking. The measure, Senate Bill 281, would allow courts to issue “protection from human trafficking” orders restraining a defendant from harassment, …

AG Derek Schmidt reminds Kansans of May 31 deadline to claim Western Union refunds
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AG Derek Schmidt reminds Kansans of May 31 deadline to claim Western Union refunds

TOPEKA – (May 1, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today reminded consumers that the deadline is approaching to file for a refund of money sent by wire transfer to scammers. Since the most recent reminder sent by the attorney general’s office last month, at least 175 additional Kansans …

AG Derek Schmidt: Traditional tax exemption for religious institutions is constitutional
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AG Derek Schmidt: Traditional tax exemption for religious institutions is constitutional

TOPEKA – (April 27, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt yesterday asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a district court’s judgment that had invalidated the federal income tax exemption for the value of housing a church provides to its minister. Schmidt and the attorneys general …

Colorado man sentenced to life in prison for Jessica’s law charges
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Colorado man sentenced to life in prison for Jessica’s law charges

SCOTT CITY – (April 26, 2018) – A Colorado man was sentenced today to life in prison after being convicted of multiple Jessica’s law charges for sex crimes against a person younger than 14 years of age, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Jose Armando Contreras, 40, of Pueblo West, …

AG Derek Schmidt, Chief Judge Merlin Wheeler to host exhibit on the Magna Carta in Emporia
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AG Derek Schmidt, Chief Judge Merlin Wheeler to host exhibit on the Magna Carta in Emporia

EMPORIA – (April 24, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Chief Judge Merlin Wheeler will host a local display on the history of the Magna Carta – the 13th century document that set the course for democracy in England, and greatly influenced democracy in the United States. The …

Morris County roofer banned from doing business in Kansas
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Morris County roofer banned from doing business in Kansas

TOPEKA – (April 23, 2018) – A Morris County roofer has been banned from performing roofing services in Kansas and ordered to repay a consumer, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. Quinn Wilcox dba Work Busters, of Dwight, has been permanently enjoined from operating as a roofing contractor in Kansas. …

Law enforcement agencies to collect unused medications Saturday
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Law enforcement agencies to collect unused medications Saturday

TOPEKA – (April 23, 2018) – Law enforcement officers at locations across the state will be collecting unused leftover medications for safe disposal on Saturday, April 28, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to …

Las Vegas salesman banned from doing business in Kansas
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Las Vegas salesman banned from doing business in Kansas

TOPEKA – (April 20, 2018) – A Las Vegas man selling wind and solar energy units has been permanently banned from doing business in Kansas and ordered to refund nearly $20,000 to a Kansas consumer after being found in violation of Kansas consumer protection laws, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. …

AG Schmidt files new school-finance bill with Kansas Supreme Court
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AG Schmidt files new school-finance bill with Kansas Supreme Court

TOPEKA − (April 19, 2018) − Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today officially filed the new school-funding bill passed by the Legislature with the Kansas Supreme Court. The filing comes two days after Governor Jeff Colyer signed the bill into law. Today’s filing also asked the Court to consider modifying …

AG Derek Schmidt: Kansas receives $57.5 million payment from tobacco settlement
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AG Derek Schmidt: Kansas receives $57.5 million payment from tobacco settlement

TOPEKA – (April 19, 2018) – Kansas has received its annual tobacco settlement payment totaling $57.5 million, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today. The $57,587,526.21 total received today is consistent with the estimate that the attorney general provided last fall to the consensus revenue estimators. However, as Schmidt has cautioned …

Chautauqua County man sentenced to 6 years for child sex crime
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Chautauqua County man sentenced to 6 years for child sex crime

SEDAN – (April 18, 2018) – A Chautauqua County man was sentenced today to 6 years in prison after pleading no contest to a child sex crime, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Terry Lee Windsor, 48, of Sedan, pleaded no contest in February to one count of aggravated indecent …

New Jersey man permanently banned from doing business in Kansas
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New Jersey man permanently banned from doing business in Kansas

TOPEKA – (April 17, 2018) – A New Jersey man is permanently banned from doing business in Kansas after falsely billing several Kansas school districts for textbooks, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Robert Armstrong, of Franklinville, N.J., is permanently enjoined from doing business in the State of Kansas , including …

Wichita roofer temporarily banned from doing business in Kansas
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Wichita roofer temporarily banned from doing business in Kansas

TOPEKA – (April 16, 2018) – A Wichita roofer has been temporarily banned from doing business in Kansas by two court orders while lawsuits alleging violations of consumer protection laws are pending, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. Energy Guard Midwest, LLC, of Wichita, is temporarily banned from doing …