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Rutledge Announces Convictions of Booneville and Warren Men by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

Rutledge Announces Convictions of Booneville and Warren Men by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

Tue, Jul 28, 2020

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the convictions of a Booneville man and a Warren man for separate physical abuse charges.

“Arkansans should never be worried about the care their loved ones are receiving in our State’s residential care facilities and Arkansas’s most vulnerable should always be granted the highest quality care,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Any form of abuse against Arkansans residing in a Medicaid funded facility will not be tolerated by my office.”

Quincy Trotter, 21, of Warren, pleaded guilty to battery in the third degree. Trotter was employed as a Resident Care Technician Assistant at the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center. On December 3, 2019, Trotter struck a client with his closed fist causing physical injury. Pursuant to a negotiated plea, the defendant was sentenced to complete one year of supervised probation, pay a $1,000 fine plus court costs and complete a course in anger management. The case was prosecuted in coordination with the Tenth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen.

Carlos Nino, 22, of Booneville, pleaded guilty to battery in the second degree. In July, 2019, Nino was employed at the Booneville Human Development Center in Booneville, Arkansas, as a Resident Care Assistant. While on duty, Nino twisted a resident’s arm causing it to break. He was sentenced to probation for 36 months and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus court fees. This case was prosecuted in coordination with the Fifteenth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum.

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.

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Rutledge: Conway Man, Keith Head, Arrested for Stealing Over $43,000 from Residents’ Trust Fund Accounts

Rutledge: Conway Man, Keith Head, Arrested for Stealing Over $43,000 from Residents’ Trust Fund Accounts

Mon, Jul 27, 2020

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of Keith Alan Head, the former owner of Prescott Manor Nursing Center in Prescott, by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Head is accused of emptying or severely depleting residents’ trust fund accounts totaling over $43,000 and charged with one count of theft of property valuing more than $25,000.

Head, 69, of Conway is the registered agent of H.O.P.E Healthcare, LLC, whose principle address is in Conway, and is the management company for KSJ, LLC doing business as Prescott Nursing Center and four other homes in Arkansas. The investigation began on September 27, 2019, when the Arkansas Department of Human Services discovered the residents’ trust fund accounts had been emptied or significantly depleted at several facilities by Head. Referrals were also received by the Prescott Police Department. This joint investigation involved agents from the Arkansas Attorney General's Office, and federal agents with the Offices of Investigation for the Social Security Administration and Health and Human Services. The case will be prosecuted in coordination with Prosecutor Christi McQueen of the 8th North Judicial District.

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.

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Rutledge Testifies Before President Trump’s National Law Enforcement Commission

Rutledge Testifies Before President Trump’s National Law Enforcement Commission

Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Says, ‘to provide my expertise and recommendations on how we can better support our law enforcement officers by creating stronger community partnerships’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today testified before President Donald J. Trump’s National Law Enforcement Commission’s hearing on the rule of law and respect for law enforcement. In October 2019, President Trump signed Executive Order No. 13896 authorizing U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr to establish the Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. The Commission, appointed by Barr in January, will work directly with national experts to collect and study data to submit recommendations to the President that will focus on strengthening our American law enforcement officials and their ability to serve and protect our communities.

“As the chief law enforcement officer of Arkansas, I was honored to testify before President Trump’s Commission and provide recommendations on how we can better support our law enforcement officers by creating stronger community partnerships, increasing accessibility and funding for law enforcement training and by providing more resources for crisis intervention,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This heated national debate is an opportunity for us to find common ground to resolve long-standing and divisive issues, while finding ways to improve the relationship between our law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.”

General Rutledge has long been a leading advocate for law enforcement and a vocal opponent to the “defund the police” movement. She provides supplemental funding and free training to law enforcement throughout the state and annually recognizes the achievements of officers from all 75 counties. Rutledge also utilizes her roundtables as a forum to pro-actively obtain feedback from local police officers and community leaders.

The full script of the testimony can be found here.

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Rutledge Announces $300,000 Judgment Against Loan Shark Bailey’s Superstore

Rutledge Announces $300,000 Judgment Against Loan Shark Bailey’s Superstore

Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Says, ‘Bailey abused the criminal court system to take advantage of vulnerable Arkansans’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced a judgment against Dennis Bailey and the businesses he controls: Bailey’s Superstore, Inc., Bailey’s Bottleshoppe, Brooks Bailey Enterprises, Inc., Bailey’s On Main, Bailey’s Pawn and Gun, and Newsmart Liquor. Rutledge filed a lawsuit against Bailey and his businesses under the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act for his illegal use of the criminal court system to collect debts. The judgment requires that Bailey pay $50,000 in restitution, $250,000 in suspended civil penalties and withdraw all outstanding affidavits previously submitted to the Hot Check Coordinator valued at approximately $125,000.

“Bailey abused the criminal court system to take advantage of vulnerable Arkansans who needed money to pay their bills or for emergencies—some even paying for a family member’s funeral,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Anyone who has experienced these illegal business practices should call my office to let us do the fighting for you.”

The complaint filed in July 2019 showed Bailey often loaned large amounts of money to his customers, and as security for the loans, Bailey accepted a signed blank check. When the debt was due, consumers could buy the blank check back for the cost of the original loan plus interest that violates the Arkansas Constitution’s 17 percent usury cap. If the consumer were unable to pay the debt on time, Bailey would add the principal and interest together, enter it as the amount to be paid on the check, and deposit it into one of his business bank accounts. If the check returned unpaid by the bank, Bailey turned those checks over to the prosecuting attorney’s office for enforcement under Arkansas’s Hot Check Law despite the law’s clear prohibition against its use for the collection of pre-existing debts. In some instances, consumers who did not repay Bailey’s loans on time were arrested, jailed, and convicted of crimes they never committed.

Under the consent judgment in this case, Bailey and his businesses are permanently restrained and enjoined from offering or providing usurious loans, the deferred deposit of checks for usurious fees, or charging usurious check-cashing fees. He is also enjoined from holding any check, debit or credit card, driver’s license or identification, or EBT card as a promissory note or security for the payment of any money, loan, or debt. He and his businesses are barred from submitting any transaction to any prosecuting attorney’s office for collection or law enforcement action that violates Arkansas law. The judgment bars Bailey from retaliating against any person who reports that their debt to Bailey was wrongfully submitted to law enforcement for collection or who provided information or cooperated with the State in its investigation and prosecution of the case and from threatening consumers with taking any of the above actions. No person employed by or affiliated with Bailey can violate these provisions.

Bailey must cooperate and assist the State to resolve all wrongful arrests or convictions of affected consumers, reinstatement of victims’ wrongfully-suspended licenses, refunds of fees and fines, and expungement of any criminal records.

Victims of these or similar business practices should contact the Attorney General’s office to file a consumer complaint at (800) 482-8982 or go to ArkansasAG.gov.

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Rutledge Announces 2020 Summer Interns

Rutledge Announces 2020 Summer Interns

Fri, Jul 17, 2020

Says, ‘exclusive internship program that allows students to gain first-hand and unique experiences in public service’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge this week welcomed ten students from across the State to the Attorney General’s Office Annual Summer Internship program. Despite a brief delay in start dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office has provided a variety of experience to students and future leaders in a safe environment.

“I am excited to offer this exclusive internship program that allows students to gain first-hand and unique experiences in public service,” said Attorney General Rutledge, “Each intern will work with the professionals in various areas of the Office where they learn the value of helping Arkansans.”

Rutledge is proud to welcome the following students into the Office:

Gifty Agana is a senior at Hendrix College where she is a Political Science major. She is from Fayetteville and a graduate of Fayetteville High School. Agana is working in the Public Affairs Department.

Deshawn Beard is a sophomore at Philander Smith College where she is a Philosophy major. She is from New Orleans and a graduate of Slidell High School. Beard is working in the Public Affairs Department.

Madison Beck graduated from the University of Arkansas Walton College of Business in May with a Bachelor of Science degree. She was a business administration major with an emphasis in marketing. Beck, of Center Ridge, is a graduate of St. Joseph High School and worked in the Northwest Arkansas Office. She will pursue her juris doctorate degree from University of Arkansas School of Law beginning this fall.

Jake James is a junior at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he is a Financial Management/Investment and Pre-Law major. He is a Little Rock native, and graduated from the Little Rock Catholic High School for Boys. James is working in the Public Affairs Department.

Kyle Lants is a senior at the University of South Carolina where he is Criminal Justice and Criminology major. He is a Little Rock native and graduated from Pulaski Academy. Lants is working in the Public Affairs Department.

David Lee is a senior at the University of Central Arkansas where he is a History major with a minor in Communications and Political Science. He is from Maumelle and graduated from Maumelle High School. Lee is working in the Communications Department.

Drew Martin is a graduate student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he is currently seeking a master’s degree in public administration. He is from Bryant and graduated from Bryant High School and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Martin is working in the Public Affairs Department.

Mallory McClure is a junior at the University of Central Arkansas where she is a Political Science and Communication major. She is from Batesville and a graduate of Batesville High School. McClure is working in the Communications Department.

Kaitlyn McFarland is a junior at the University of Alabama where she is a Political Science major. She is from Hot Springs and a graduate of Lakeside High School. McFarland is working in the Administration Department.

Allyson Oliver is a junior at Ouachita Baptist University where she is a Psychology and Political Science major. She is from Conway, and a graduate of Conway High School. Oliver is working in the Public Affairs Department

Katie Strickland is a junior at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where she is an International and Global Studies and Political Science major. She is from Little Rock and a graduate of Mount St. Mary Academy. Strickland is working in the Public Affairs Department.

Maddison Thomas is a senior at Hendrix College where she is a Sociology major. She is from North Little Rock and graduated from North Little Rock High School. Thomas is working in the Public Affairs Department.

College students interested in learning more about the Attorney General’s Internship program should contact the Office at (501) 682-2454 or by email at internship@arkansasag.gov.

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Rutledge Issues Statement on Governor Hutchinson’s Executive Order on Statewide Mask Mandate

Rutledge Issues Statement on Governor Hutchinson’s Executive Order on Statewide Mask Mandate

Thu, Jul 16, 2020

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a statement following Governor Hutchinson’s Executive Order on a statewide mask mandate.

“I have long encouraged Arkansans to take personal responsibility of preventing the spread of COVID19 by wearing masks when not able to socially distance,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “It is imperative that we all take the exponential spread of this deadly disease seriously not only for the safety of family, friends and neighbors, but we must also reopen our schools and get our economy back to its full strength moving our country away from this virus and back to exercising our God given freedoms.”

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