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AG Derek Schmidt: More than $1 billion recovered for Kansas taxpayers, consumers since 2011

Release Date: Dec 13, 2021

TOPEKA – (December 13, 2021) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s administration has eclipsed a significant milestone, surpassing more than $1 billion in recoveries for Kansas taxpayers and consumers.

Schmidt said today that the $1 billion total from January 2011 through the present is more than any previous attorney general’s administration in Kansas history. To put the total in perspective, the total cost of operating the attorney general’s office since 2011, including all the programs it administers, has been about $250 million.

“That success didn’t just happen on its own. We have a terrific team of talented professionals working for Kansas at the attorney general’s office. I’m proud of the work our team does for Kansas, and I hope you are too,” Schmidt said on a video message announcing the record-setting recoveries. “We have worked cooperatively with the Kansas Legislature to enact public policy that helps us stand up for taxpayers and consumers.”

Schmidt said those cooperative efforts include modification to state laws and practices implementing the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement to stabilize and secure the state's annual payments, strengthening consumer protection laws, and helping maximize Kansas recoveries from companies that profited by turning a blind eye to citizens’ addiction to opioid pain medications. 

Video link to Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s message: https://youtu.be/mEta_MBMhR0.

 

 

Office of the Attorney General recoveries by program 2011-present:

  • Tobacco Enforcement Unit: $655.5 million
  • Consumer Protection & Antitrust Division: $254.0 million
  • Medicaid Fraud & Abuse Division: $119.9 million
  • Solicitors Division: $11.3 million
  • Fraud & Abuse Litigation Division: $2.5 million
  • Other: $1.0 million

 

 

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