Rutledge Announces Blytheville Woman Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud

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March 11, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Mississippi County woman for Medicaid fraud. Lenisha Daniels pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court. Daniels will serve three years probation and pay a fine of $3,391.92. She was also ordered to pay $1,130.64 in restitution and paid $780 prior to her guilty plea to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund.

“Medicaid fraud investigators and attorneys at the Attorney General’s office work diligently to stop individuals and organizations from scamming the system,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Patients dependent on the Medicaid system deserve safe and effective care, and I will ensure that those attempting to defraud Arkansans will be held accountable.”

Daniels, 32, of Blytheville pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud, a Class C felony. Daniels billed the Arkansas Medicaid Program for services that were not rendered.

The case 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

About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. Elected on Nov. 4, 2014, she is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office.

Rutledge, a native of Batesville, Arkansas, is a graduate of Southside High School, the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She began her legal career as Clerk for Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Josephine Hart, now Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. She was appointed Deputy Counsel for Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and later served as Legal Counsel on the Mike Huckabee for President Campaign. She served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and in subsequent service as Attorney for the State of Arkansas’s Division of Children and Family Services. She also served as Deputy Counsel at the National Republican Congressional Committee before joining the Republican National Committee as Counsel. Prior to her election as Attorney General, she founded and practiced law at The Rutledge Firm, PLLC. Rutledge lives in Little Rock.