News Feed /news-rss News Feed Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:36:45 +0000 en-us AG Hawley Announces St. Francois County Medicaid Fraud Conviction urn:uuid:4be8b614-ad6b-6a5c-bcc3-ff000082a1ac Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:48:41 +0000 Jefferson City, Mo. – On March 23, 2017, a St. Francois County jury found Christina Halter, 52, guilty of one count of Medicaid Fraud, two counts of financial exploitation, one count of obstructing a Medicaid Fraud investigation, one count of failing to file an income tax return, one count of failing to pay income tax, and one count of attempting to evade income tax liability. The jury recommended a sentence for Christina Halter of 89 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Following Christina Halter’s conviction, on March 28, 2017, Donald Halter, 56, pled guilty in St. Francois County Circuit Court to the same seven counts. The case was jointly prosecuted by the office of Attorney General Joshua Hawley and St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney Jerrod Mahurin. Both Christina Halter and Donald Halter will be sentenced by St. Francois County Circuit Court Judge Sandra Martinez on June 2, 2017, in St. Francois County Circuit Court. Christina Halter and Donald Halter, husband and wife, co-owned a residential care facility in Park Hills, Missouri, and were the fiduciaries for a mentally disabled veteran who resided at their facility. As the veteran’s fiduciary, the Halters were supposed to deposit into a resident trust account a $209,000 disability payment the veteran resident received from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Instead, the Halters deposited the check into their own business account. In less than sixty days, the Halters spent all of the veteran’s money by, among other purchases, buying three cars for themselves and their family. In total, the Halters financially exploited the veteran out of $115,000. In addition, the Halters submitted to Medicaid over 1,000 false claims for nursing services that were not provided to the residents of their facility, amounting to over $28,000.00. Finally, the Halters failed to file an income tax return, failed to pay their income tax liability, and attempted to evade income tax liability for tax year 2012. “Criminal actions like those of the Halters will not be tolerated in Missouri,” said Hawley. “Furthermore, let this verdict signify to anyone trying to take advantage of our most vulnerable citizens that this behavior will not stand. Our office is firm in its commitment to protect all Missourians, and through the collaborative efforts of our attorneys with local law enforcement in St. Francois County, that is exactly what happened.” The investigation into the Halters’ conduct was a joint investigation led by the Missouri Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Missouri Medicaid Audit and Compliance Unit, the Missouri Department of Revenue, and the United States Department Veteran Affairs. The case was tried by Assistant Attorneys General Shannon Kempf and Brad Crowell from the office of Attorney General Josh Hawley. Final 'power Cruise' Winners Announced Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:13:31 +0000 The last of 45 Missouri Powerball players’ names were drawn today to win a Caribbean cruise in the fifth and final Powerball® Power Cruise™ promotion drawings. The nine winners, each with a guest, will depart from Tampa, Florida, on Jan. 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Trump's order, signed Tuesday, begins the repeal process for the so-called Clean Power Plan, a massive network of regulations issued by President Obama that would have driven energy prices up in Missouri by double digits. Missouri challenged the regulations in federal court as unconstitutional. "This is a major win for the people of Missouri," Hawley said. "As we have long argued and as legal experts from across the political spectrum have recognized, these regulations are flatly unconstitutional. We fought these job-killing regulations in court and soon they will be gone. Relief is on the way for Missouri families." Missouri was one of 27 states that challenged the Clean Power Plan in federal court. The US Supreme Court issued an injunction against the plan in February 2016. 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