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Rutledge Participates in Conversations with Women of America event at the White House

Says, ‘Too often women are pigeon-holed as only caring about certain issues’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General released the following statement after attending the White House Conversations with Women of America event today.

“Too often women are pigeon-holed as only caring about certain issues when, in fact, all issues are women’s issues,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “I am proud to stand on behalf of women in Arkansas and across the country in discussions with the Trump Administration about eliminating barriers to job creation and economic growth, ensuring we effectively combat the opioid epidemic and addressing concerns over illegal immigration and national security.”

Rutledge participated in panel discussions with top White House officials including Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson today to discuss economic development in rural states and communities; how the Administration plans to lead the efforts to combat the opioid abuse crisis; providing guidance and opportunities for states to combat fraud and abuses in our Medicaid systems; and how best to foster a healthier relationship between state and federal governments when targeting human trafficking.

President Donald J. Trump also made a surprise appearance at the event recognizing a handful of women including Attorney General Rutledge.

Winter Webcast Series to be Hosted by Attorney General’s Office

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge opened registration for a Winter Webcast Series of trainings on common senior scams, dating violence prevention, internet safety, identity theft, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and prescription drug abuse and misuse prevention.

“This series of webcasts is an important tool for Arkansans to learn about the diverse resources provided by the Attorney General’s office,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Technology gives us a unique opportunity to connect with Arkansans across the state. Once again these trainings will be available to help individuals navigate the internet safely, recognize warning signs of dating violence, avoid common scams and identity theft and access public information through the Freedom of Information Act. To educate more people on the pain pill epidemic, I have added a program about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and misuse.”

From noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, participants can learn about scams that often target seniors, such as the Favorite Grandchild Scam, IRS Scam, Work-from-Home Scam, Door-to-Door Scam and many more. Scam artists are always finding new ways to try to trick consumers out of their hard earned money. This webcast will highlight some common scams, offer ways to spot the scam and what to do if you have been scammed.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, a Break the Cycle training will be offered from noon-1 p.m. Break the Cycle is a leading national nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive dating abuse programs. Participants will learn about dating abuse, methods for intervention and how to implement a Healthy Relationships 101 session.

The internet safety training, or Digital You, will take place from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Digital You is a comprehensive, interactive educational program created by AT&T and Common Sense Media to offer tools, tips, apps, guidance and education for people of all ages and levels of online experience to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience. Rutledge adopted the curriculum in 2016.

A training to prevent being a victim of ID theft, which occurs when someone uses your personal information without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes, most commonly to obtain access to credit in your name, will be offered on from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

A FOIA webcast covering public records and meetings will be available from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

And the Prescription for Life webcast brings a first-in-the-nation curriculum to Arkansas high school students. The digital platform addresses the dangers of prescription drug misuse and how to prevent abuse. The program is free to high schools across Arkansas. The webcast will be available from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7.

The online trainings are free and open to the public. Registration for each one can be found at ArkansasAG.gov.

Rutledge Announces Arrest of Faulkner County Man for Crimes Involving Children

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of Steven Wayne Bramlett, of Conway, on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony.

Bramlett, 56, was arrested by the Attorney General’s office Cyber Crimes Unit. He is being held in the Faulkner County Detention Center on $1 million bond.

Special agents in the Attorney General’s office began investigating Bramlett after agents determined that someone using a computer at Bramlett’s address downloaded sexually explicit material involving children.

Bramlett was convicted in 1979 of attempted capital murder and was sentenced to life in prison. In 2015, the Arkansas Supreme Court overturned his sentence because he was 17 at the time of his offense. He was resentenced and released in February 2016.

Rutledge Applauds the Administration’s Rural Prosperity Task Force Report

Says, ‘This report, if fully implemented, will not only change rural America, but it will empower these communities for generations’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge applauds the recommendations made by President Donald J. Trump’s Rural Prosperity Task Force. The inter-agency task force was chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue with the responsibility of establishing a vision and action plan to guide a better rural America into the future.

“Being raised on a cattle ranch in rural Independence County provided me a strong work ethic, an appreciation for the land and an understanding of needs in rural communities,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Many of the issues addressed in the task force report are the same concerns brought forward by Arkansans as I have traveled the state holding roundtable events over the last three years, including the more than 375 farmers I met with in 2016. This comprehensive effort creates the framework that will assist Arkansas farmers, ranchers, foresters, producers and rural communities who have felt neglected and deserve access to high-speed internet, affordable health care, workforce development and regulatory relief. This report, if fully implemented, will not only change rural America, but it will empower these communities for generations.”

The report identified five key factors to target legislative, regulatory and policy changes. They include connectivity, quality of life improvement, support for rural workforce, technological innovation and economic development.

Rutledge Part of $45 Million Settlement with PHH Mortgage Corporation

Says, ‘agreement sets servicing standards that PHH must provide to protect consumers’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that she, along with attorneys general from 48 other states and the District of Columbia and more than 40 state mortgage regulators have reached a $45 million settlement with New Jersey-based mortgage lender and servicer PHH Mortgage Corporation.

The settlement resolves allegations that PHH, the nation’s ninth largest non-bank residential mortgage originator and servicer, improperly serviced mortgage loans from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2012.

The agreement requires PHH to follow comprehensive mortgage servicing standards, conduct audits and provide audit results to a committee of states.

“This agreement sets servicing standards that PHH must provide to protect consumers going forward,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This settlement holds PHH accountable for failing to timely apply payments, maintain accurate account statements, threatening foreclosure and other deceptive and unfair activities conducted by the business.”

The settlement includes $30.4 million in payments to borrowers who were foreclosed upon or referred to foreclosure. Borrowers who were subjected to PHH foreclosures during the eligible period will qualify for a minimum $840 payment, and borrowers who faced foreclosures that PHH initiated during the eligible period, but did not lose their home, are eligible to receive at least $285.

Approximately 520 Arkansas borrowers are eligible for compensation under the settlement. A settlement administrator will contact eligible recipients at a later date.

The settlement also includes nearly $160,000 to the Arkansas Securities Department for violations of certain State regulations. The settlement does not release PHH from liability for any conduct that may have occurred since 2013.

Rutledge Holds 1st Roundtable of 2018

MENA – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today kicked off the first Rutledge Roundtables of 2018 with community leaders in Polk and Scott counties. This marks the fourth consecutive year Attorney General Rutledge will visit all 75 counties to hear directly from Arkansans about their concerns and issues impacting their county.

“Each year I have built stronger relationships with communities across Arkansas,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Starting a conversation with various business, education, agriculture, faith-based and community leaders in each county gives me a better understanding of what I can do as Attorney General to best serve and assist Arkansans.”

Rutledge has hosted 232 roundtables with more than 2,200 participants since taking office in 2015.

January
23
Tuesday

White County Resources Day

White County Cooperative Extension Service
411 North Spruce, Searcy

Mobile Office
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Law enforcement partner: White County Sheriff Ricky Shourd

Prescription for Life Presentation
11 to 11:30 a.m.

 10:00 AMVIEW 
January
24
Wednesday

Winter Webcast Series: Break the Cycle

Break the Cycle
Noon to 1 p.m.

This webcast is a Break the Cycle training focused on the youth experience of dating abuse, including health and academic impacts and how it differs from adult experiences.

Participants will learn methods for dating abuse intervention and how to implement a Healthy Relationships 101 session with students. Using pop culture and media clips that are familiar to teens to illustrate abuse examples, we will discuss how media literacy can be used to help teens recognize abuse and a healthy relationship.

Free and open to the public

Register

 12:00 PMVIEW 
January
25
Thursday

Ashley County Resources Day

Hamburg Senior Center
1406 North Main Street

Mobile Office
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
Law enforcement partner: Ashley County Sheriff Tommy Sturgeon
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Prescription for Life Presentation
11 to 11:30 a.m.

 10:00 AMVIEW 
February
1
Thursday

Clark County Resources Day

Clark County Extension Office
640 South 6th, Suite B, Arkadelphia

Mobile Office
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
Partnering with Sheriff Jason Watson
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Prescription for Life Presentation
11 to 11:30 a.m.

 10:00 AMVIEW 
February
6
Tuesday

Garland County Resources Day

Garland County Extension Office
236 Woodbine Street

Mobile Office
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Law enforcement partner: Sheriff Mike McCormick

Prescription for Life Presentation
11 to 11:30 a.m.

 10:00 AMVIEW 
February
7
Wednesday

Winter Webcast Series: Digital You

Digital You Webcast
Noon to 1 p.m.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has made it a priority to educate parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and all adults about how to be smart online.

Teaming up with Common Sense Media and AT&T, the Attorney General's office is offering regional train-the-trainer opportunities using Digital You, a comprehensive, interactive educational program.

The office will provide tools, tips and other guidance to teach people of all ages and levels of online experience about how to have a safe and secure online experience.

Free and open to the public

Register

 12:00 PMVIEW 
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