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Regional Rutledge Retiree Resources Events Scheduled

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced a new initiative to educate Arkansas’s seniors about how they can protect themselves from vicious scam artists. The first Rutledge Retiree Resources event will be held March 26 at the Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center for seniors from across the region.

“Senior Arkansans are a consistent target of scammers from across the world,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These educational events are aimed to teach Arkansans how to spot a scam and protect their personal information. I am pleased to offer these types of programs across the state to reach Arkansans where they are.”

Rutledge Retiree Resources events will be held regionally and are currently scheduled for April 29 for Jonesboro and June 25 for DeWitt. Registration is now open. Attendees will learn about protecting themselves from scams and identity theft, proper prescription drug disposal, resources regarding nursing homes and home care and protecting finances from Attorney General office staff. Lunch will be provided to all participants.

Rutledge Announces Over $300,000 Restitution for Social Security Fraud

Says, ‘fraud on the backs of hardworking taxpayers is unacceptable’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced a Conway County man has been sentenced to probation and to pay more than $300,000 in restitution for social security fraud.

Joseph Sensabaugh, 47, from Hattieville, pleaded guilty in October to one count of theft of government funds. He has been sentenced to 18 months probation and ordered to pay $311,813 in restitution to the Social Security Administration, as well as a $100 special assessment fee.

“Social Security fraud on the backs of hardworking taxpayers is unacceptable,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This case was the result of outstanding coordination between multiple state and federal agencies.”

In addition to the Attorney General’s office, law enforcement officers from the SSA-OIG, Conway County Sheriff's Department and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism contributed to the investigation initiated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and led by the Social Security Administration’s – Office of the Inspector General (SSA-OIG) through Arkansas Cooperative Disability Investigation (CDI) Unit.

Two special agents and an analyst from the Attorney General’s Office are assigned to Arkansas’s CDI Unit which began operation in October 2015 as a state and local cooperative effort funded by SSA-OIG. The mission of the CDI Unit is to combat fraud by investigating questionable statements and activities of claimants, medical providers, interpreters or other service providers who facilitate or promote disability fraud. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison Bragg from the Office of United States Attorney Cody Hiland.

Rutledge Announces Helena-West Helena Business Owner Guilty of Medicaid Fraud and Failure to Pay Taxes

Says, ‘Charline Brandon has swindled money from Arkansas for long enough’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that the owner of Bridge of Faith Hospice & Palliative Care in Helena-West Helena has pleaded guilty two counts of Medicaid fraud and one count of willful failure to pay or file taxes.

“Charline Brandon has swindled money from Arkansas for long enough and she is finally being held accountable,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Her actions hurt law-abiding Arkansans who work hard and follow our laws.”

Brandon, 63, of Cleveland, Mississippi, pleaded guilty to two counts of Medicaid fraud and one count of willful failure to pay or file taxes. The Medicaid fraud investigation revealed that from September 2013 through December 2016, Bridge of Faith Hospice & Palliative Care was paid gross income of $1,567,432.82 by Medicaid and Medicare and never filed an income tax return in Arkansas. The Medicaid fraud charges resulted from Brandon billing the Arkansas Medicaid Program $289,986.46 for hospice care services provided to two Medicaid recipients who were never terminally ill. She will be sentenced on April 9.

Brandon has pleaded guilty in federal court in Mississippi to similar allegations involving Medicaid and Medicare in Mississippi.

This case was referred to the Arkansas Attorney General’s office by the Mississippi Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General.

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 Begins Fifth Consecutive Year Hosting Meetings in Each County

CLINTON – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced that, for the fifth consecutive year she will hold Rutledge Roundtables in all 75 counties to hear directly from Arkansans about their concerns and the issues impacting their community. Today, Rutledge has met with community leaders in Van Buren and Searcy counties.

“Meeting Arkansans face-to-face allows me to listen to their concerns and ideas so that we can work together on solutions,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “After all, Arkansas is just one big small town.”

Rutledge has hosted 306 roundtables since taking office with more than 3,200 attendees since taking office in 2015.

Rutledge Urges U.S. Senate Passage of TRACED Act

Says, ‘The TRACED Act will further protect Arkansans’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today urged the United States Senate to enact the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, which will curb illegal robocalls and spoofing. Arkansas has joined the 49 other states and four U.S. territories in sending a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation expressing support of the TRACED Act.

“Arkansans are fed up with being annoyed and ripped off by robocalls,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The TRACED Act will further protect Arkansans from falling victim to the high-pressure, relentless and often-convincing robocalls. This is just one step in my multifaceted approach to putting a stop to these unwanted calls.”

In the letter, the attorneys general state that the TRACED Act enables states, federal regulators and telecommunication providers to take steps to combat these illegal calls. The legislation will require voice service providers to participate in a call authentication framework to help block unwanted calls and creates an interagency working group to take additional actions to reduce robocalls and hold telemarketers and robocallers accountable.

More than 48 billion robocalls were made in 2018, resulting in millions of dollars in consumer losses. The state attorneys general work to protect consumers in their states from being harassed and scammed by robocalls.

The letter was led by Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, and North Carolina attorneys general, and was signed by all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Rutledge Applauds Legislation Approving Ballot Title Amendment

Says, ‘The law will give Arkansans a clear, concise and fair process’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released the below statement following the Arkansas Legislature’s approval of the ballot title process proposal that will head to Governor Asa Hutchison’s desk for his signature.

“Today’s final vote is a victory for all Arkansans,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “The law will give Arkansans a clear, concise and fair process to amend the State Constitution. This streamlined process will increase transparency by ensuring a public and bipartisan debate for all ballot measures proposed by Arkansans.”

March
21
Thursday

Cleveland County Resources Day

Rison Senior Citizen Center
50 I.E. Moore Drive, Rison

Mobile Office
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Partnering with Sheriff Jack H. Rodgers, II

Identity Theft and Scam Presentation
10:30 to 11 a.m.

 10:00 AMVIEW 
March
26
Tuesday

Retiree Resources - Fayettevile

Retiree Resources

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center
945 South College Avenue
Register

Senior adults are invited to hear presentations about:

  • Consumer protection tips
  • Home care resources
  • Identity theft
  • Prescription drug disposal
  • Senior scams
  • Telemarketing fraud

Lunch will be provided. For questions or to register by phone, call Rachel Ellis at (501) 682-3645.

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March
26
Tuesday

Madison County Resources Day

Madison County Senior Activity Center
903 North College Street, Huntsville

Mobile Office
10:30 a.m. to noon

Prescription Drug Take Back
10:30 a.m. to noon
Partnering with Sheriff Rick Evans

 10:30 AMVIEW 
March
28
Thursday

FOIA webcast

Arkansas Freedom of Information Act
10 a.m. to noon

The webcast, which is free and open to the public, will include “FOIA Made Simple” presentations detailing responsibilities and rights covered under the act related to public meetings and documents.

The webcast has been approved for two hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and law enforcement CLEST credit.

Register

 10:00 AMVIEW 
March
28
Thursday

Van Buren County Resources Day

Van Buren County Aging Program
311 Yellowjacket Lane, Clinton

Mobile Office
10:30 a.m. to noon

Prescription Drug Take Back
10:30 a.m. to noon
Partnering with Sheriff Lucas Emberton

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

 10:30 AMVIEW 
April
2
Tuesday

Chicot County Resources Day

Festinger Memorial Senior Citizen Center
751 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Village

Mobile Office
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
Partnering with Sheriff Ronald Nichols
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Identity Theft and Scam Presentation
11 to 11:30 a.m.

 10:00 AMVIEW 
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