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West Virginia / Attorney General State Seal
STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
PATRICK MORRISEY
Phone: 304-558-2021
Email: communications@wvago.gov
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Beth Ryan
Phone: (304) 558-2021


Release Date: August 1, 2013

Maryclaire Akers To Join Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division



CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that Maryclaire Akers will be joining the Office’s Consumer Protection Division as an assistant attorney general. Her first day will be Aug. 12.

“We are pleased to have someone of Ms. Akers’ caliber joining our team,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “She is a well-respected attorney in the Kanawha Valley, and she will bring years of prosecutorial experience to the Division and the Office’s working group tasked with looking at the drug abuse epidemic plaguing our state.”

Most recently, Akers worked as general counsel for the West Virginia Ethics Commission. Prior to that, she served many years as an assistant prosecutor with the Kanawha County Prosecutor’s Office, including a long-term stint as the First Assistant and as a liaison with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Morrisey said Akers’ role with the Office will be two-fold: To prosecute consumer fraud cases as part of the expanded mission of the Consumer Protection Division and join an existing working group within the Office that is evaluating the problems with prescription drug abuse in the state.

“I am excited by the opportunity to use my prosecutorial experience to assist in the Attorney General’s prescription drug fight, as well as to aid consumers that have been wronged by scams and other unscrupulous individuals and businesses,” Akers said.


Prior to taking office, Morrisey promised in his 17-point plan for his first 100 days in office that he would use his office to fight prescription drug abuse in the state. Since then, a group of office attorneys and investigators have been looking at a variety issues related to that topic, including but not limited to the availability of prescription medication that can be abused, methamphetamine abuse and the issues that hinder law enforcement in the state from helping to crack down on the problem.

“I believe Ms. Akers’ past professional experiences as an assistant county prosecutor will greatly aid our office in its efforts to meaningfully address the scourge of drug abuse that impacts thousands of West Virginians and their families,” Morrisey said.