Former US attorney and Wichita State instructor to prosecute consumer crime

Jackie Williams, a former U.S. attorney for Kansas, has joined the state Attorney General’s Office to work in prosecuting consumer fraud.

Department spokesman Jeff Wagaman said Williams will leave his current job as Topeka city attorney later this month and start his new job July 1.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt, himself a former consumer-protection attorney,  hired Williams as part of a plan to beef up that aspect of the office, Wagaman said.

Williams is well-known in Wichita, having worked for 30 years here as a federal prosecutor and college instructor.

He was appointed U.S. Attorney for Kansas by President Clinton in 1996. He resigned the position in 2001 after the change in administrations.

Williams taught as a senior fellow at Wichita State University’s criminal justice program from 2001 until taking the job in Topeka in 2008.

The consumer protection division investigates and prosecutes alleged violations of state laws banning deceptive business practices. Telemarketing and door-to-door sales fraud, identity theft and unfair debt collection are among its main areas of focus.

"Jackie Williams is among the most respected career prosecutors in Kansas," Schmidt said in a statement. "His experience and skills will be tremendous additions to our consumer protection efforts.”

Williams will report to Deputy Attorney General Jim Welch, who took over the consumer protection division after leaving a similar post with the state Insurance Department.