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Rutledge Successful in Effort to Have FCC Allow Phone Companies to Block Illegal Robocalls

Says, ‘Arkansans are tired of the unwanted calls’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was successful in getting the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) to allow phone companies to block illegal robocalls. In July, Rutledge, and 29 other states, signed a letter urging the FCC to adopt these rules.

“This decision from the FCC is a major victory for Arkansas consumers,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I know that Arkansans are tired of the unwanted calls and they want them to stop. This rule change will help that become a reality and will also help save thousands of dollars that many consumers are deceived into giving to the con artists on the other end of these calls.”

Regulatory roadblocks had prevented telecommunications companies from blocking many illegal robocalls. This new rule will allow providers to block calls coming from invalid numbers, unassigned numbers and numbers whose owners have requested be blocked. For example, phone providers would be able to block a scammer that is using a telephone number that clearly cannot exist because it has not been assigned by a telephone provider to a user.

Rutledge Statement on the Passing of State Senator Greg Strandridge

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement offering condolences on the passing of State Senator Greg Strandridge.

“I was saddened to learn of the passing of Sen. Greg Strandridge,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Greg was a friend, a fighter and a man of faith. Not a day went by when he was not working to help his community and even as he faced his difficult diagnosis, he was always a source of encouragement and inspiration. My prayers are with Karen, their children, his constituents in District 16 and his colleagues in the Arkansas State Senate.”

Rutledge Visits All 75 Counties for the Third Time in Three Years

Held more than 230 roundtables with 2,200 participants

CONWAY – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has hosted roundtables in all of Arkansas’s 75 counties for three consecutive years. Yesterday she met with civil, education and faith-based leaders in Faulkner County to discuss local issues, as well as how to bolster the State’s economy, address the growing prescription drug epidemic, domestic violence, cyber crimes against children, internet safety and much more.

“Little Rock does not have all the answers,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansans want to know that those who represent them in the capital city are listening. Meeting with Arkansans from all over the state who have different specialties and experiences has given me great insight into the issues our communities are facing and how we work together to solve them. It is going to take all of us working together to keep growing our economy, educating consumers and saving lives from the prescription drug epidemic.”

Rutledge has hosted 232 roundtables with more than 2,200 participants since taking office in 2015. In her first year, Rutledge met with business and government leaders to discuss their needs and the services of the Attorney General’s office. Last year, Rutledge visited with local business owners and farmers who represented the largest economic driver in that particular county to learn about the regulations that were most burdensome to their ability to grow jobs.

In 2016, Senator John Boozman joined her for a Rutledge Roundtable in her hometown of Batesville, and this year she was joined in Independence County by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Rutledge credits launching Roundtables based on a lesson she learned during college when she spent her summers in Independence County flagging traffic for the State highway department. Rutledge says, “I noticed there was sometimes a disconnect between people who worked in the office and those on the road. As Attorney General, I do not want there to be that same disconnect between those who work in the capital city and Arkansans who live in communities around our state.”

Rutledge Statement on News of Richard Cordray’s Resignation as Director of the CFPB

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement following news reports that Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will resign at the end of the month.

“The resignation of Richard Cordray from the CFPB is long overdue,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Director Cordray, an unelected and unaccountable bureaucrat, has led a vast and growing agency in imposing sweeping regulations with a blatant disregard for the rule of law. These overregulations have made it more difficult for Arkansas job creators and families by leaving them without options or capital. Bankers cannot bank. Lenders cannot lend. Borrowers cannot borrow. Not only is the CFPB structurally unconstitutional, but Americans expect accountability and for years Mr. Cordray has ignored attempts to reign in his agency.

“The Director’s resignation presents a tremendous opportunity for the President to appoint an individual who will implement much-needed reform. As Arkansas’s chief consumer advocate, I look forward to President Trump appointing a director who will also lead the agency to protect consumers from fraud while doing so within the confines of the law and guaranteeing access to a free and fair marketplace.”

Rutledge Announces Arrest of Two Men for Medicaid Fraud

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of one Pulaski County Man and one Drew County man.

Nicholas Stephens, 32, of Monticello, was arrested by agents with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Bradley and Drew County Sheriff’s Departments, and transported to the Warren Police Department. He is charged with one count of adult abuse of an impaired person, a Class D felony. His bond was set at $3,000. He is accused of abusing an impaired adult residing at the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center in August 2016.

Jimmie Bradley, 32, of Maumelle, was arrested by agents with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and transported to the Pulaski County Jail and later extradited to Bradley County. He is charged with one count of adult abuse of an impaired person, a Class D felony. His bond was set at $3,000. He is accused of abusing an impaired adult residing at the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center in August 2016.

Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled. 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 oag@arkansasag.gov.

Rutledge: Western Union Claims Process Open for Fraud Victims

$586 million fund available for victims of fraud

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says the claims process is open for those Arkansans who used Western Union’s wire transfer service to send money to third parties involved in schemes to defraud consumers.

“This fund seeks to compensate those Arkansans who were duped into sending money through Western Union,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “The anti-fraud program that Western Union developed earlier this year to help detect and prevent incidents where consumers use Western Union to wire money to scammers should slow the rate at which people are falling victim to these crimes. But Arkansans must stay vigilant in protecting themselves from these scammers because wire transfers cannot be tracked to be returned to the original sender if it is found to be a scam.”

Arkansans who reported to Western Union or the Attorney General’s office that they had been the victim of a scam using Western Union may receive a claim form in the mail. The form will contain instructions explaining how consumers may file their claim to receive compensation. Arkansans who do not receive a claim form in the mail but believe they may have an eligible claim can also visit WesternUnionRemission.com or call 1-844-319-2124 for more information on how to file a claim.

Completed forms must be mailed back to the settlement administrator by February 12, 2018. If you encounter difficulty in accessing the remissions website or are otherwise unable to file a claim, contact the Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982.

The multistate settlement between Rutledge, 48 other states, the District of Columbia and Western Union was first announced in January. Under an agreement reached between the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, Western Union agreed to pay $586 million to a fund administered by the Department of Justice’s Victim Asset Recovery Program to provide restitution to consumers who were victims of a fraud-induced wire transfer using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017.

Rutledge reminds Arkansans that wire transfer scams are common and consumers should know who they are wiring money to and avoid wiring money to anyone outside the country.

November
28
Tuesday

St. Francis County Resources Day

Woodruff Electric Cooperative Corporation
3201 Highway 1 North, Forrest City

Mobile Office
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
Law enforcement partner: St. Francis County Sheriff Bobby May
10 to 11:30 a.m.

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November
30
Thursday

Hot Spring County Resources Day

Malvern Senior Activity Center
1800 W. Moline Street

Mobile Office
9:30 to 11 a.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
Law enforcement partner: Hot Spring County Sheriff Mike Cash
9:30 to 11 a.m.

 9:30 AMVIEW 
December
5
Tuesday

Cleburne County Resources Day

Heber Springs Community Center
201 Bobbie Jean Lane

Mobile Office
10:30 a.m. to noon

Prescription Drug Take Back
Law enforcement partner: Sheriff Chris Brown
10:30 a.m. to noon

Senior Scams and Identity Theft Presentation
11:30 a.m. to noon

 10:30 AMVIEW 
December
6
Wednesday

Pulaski County Resources Day

Center on the Lake
2 Club Manor Drive, Maumelle

Mobile Office
10 to 11:30 a.m.

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

 10:00 AMVIEW 
December
7
Thursday

Fulton County Resources Day

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Orange Room
225 South Main, Salem

Mobile Office
10:30 a.m. to noon

Prescription Drug Take Back
Law enforcement partner: Sheriff Al Roorck
10:30 a.m. to noon

 10:30 AMVIEW 
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