Rutledge Announces Camden Man Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Ouachita County man for Medicaid fraud. Al Dodds pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court, and Judge Wendell Griffin sentenced Dodds to pay $200,000 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program. If at any time he willfully violates the conditions of his suspended sentence, Dodds will spend up to 20 years in prison.
“Investigators and attorneys from the Attorney General’s office are dedicated to investigating and prosecuting those who commit Medicaid fraud,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I will ensure that those like Mr. Dodds who attempt to defraud Arkansans are held accountable because Medicaid is a critical safety net for some of the most vulnerable in our State.”
Dodds, 56, of Camden pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud, a Class B felony; two counts of theft of property, a Class C felony; and failure to maintain records, a Class D felony. Dodds overbilled the Arkansas Medicaid Program for some services and billed for other services that were not rendered.
The case was initiated by a referral from the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and was prosecuted in coordination with the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.
To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. She is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office. Since taking office, she has begun a Mobile Office program, a Military and Veterans Initiative, a Metal Theft Prevention program and a Cooperative Disability Investigations program. She has led efforts to teach Internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge also serves on the Executive Committee of the Republican Attorneys General Association and re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture.
A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for Gov. Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and subsequently was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.