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Patriot Award

Rutledge Receives Patriot Award from Arkansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Tue, Jun 23, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today was presented with the Patriot Award by the Arkansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a U.S. Department of Defense agency. The award is given in recognition of Rutledge’s extraordinary support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the Patriot Award from the Arkansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Our military servicemen and servicewomen bring a great skill set and proven leadership to any workplace. I am grateful for the members of our armed forces who have chosen to spend their days serving the people of Arkansas in uniform and at the Attorney General’s Office.”

“The Patriot Award was created by the Arkansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Rich Green, Arkansas ESGR. “Attorney General Rutledge was nominated for being highly supportive of the National Guard and Reserve by her Reserve Component employee, Colonel Marcus Hatley. Colonel Hatley has served in many demanding positions in the Reserve Forces. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

In April, Rutledge launched the first ever Military and Veterans Affairs Initiative at the Attorney General’s Office. This initiative seeks to assist active duty military, reservists, veterans and their families with consumer related issues, veterans courts, the Hiring Heroes program and many other collaborative efforts.

Also in April, Rutledge signed the Department of Defense Statement of Support certifying her commitment to the National Guard and Reserve and all those who serve in our Reserve Forces. The statement encourages the employment of Guardsman and Reservists across the State and in the Attorney General’s Office.

The ESGR was started in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of guardsmen and reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce. For more information about ESGR Employer Outreach, visit ESGR.mil.

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Rutledge Adds Certified Officers

Rutledge Adds Certified Officers to Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

Fri, Jun 19, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she has added sworn law enforcement officers to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, a first for the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.

Rutledge also announced that the new officers have made their first arrests. On Friday, June 5, Donna Roberson, 62, of Pine Bluff, was arrested on two counts of Medicaid Fraud, both Class B felonies, and Lucy Blackmon, 34, of Pine Bluff, was arrested on one count of Medicaid Fraud, a Class C felony. On Thursday, June 18, the officers arrested Quashonna Evans, 27, of Little Rock, on one count of Medicaid Fraud, a Class C felony.

“I am committed to fighting fraud and protecting Arkansas’s most vulnerable and making sure they receive the care they deserve, which is why I made it a priority to strengthen the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the Attorney General’s Office by adding certified officers,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These officers greatly enhance an already successful unit and its enforcement capabilities as it goes after those who violate our laws. They will not only help combat fraud but will also go after those who abuse and neglect Arkansans residing in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.”

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, under the leadership of Deputy Attorney General Lloyd Warford, investigates and prosecutes violations involving Medicaid providers and the abuse or neglect of nursing home residents.

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

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Rutledge Welcomes Summer Interns

Rutledge Welcomes Summer Interns

Mon, Jun 15, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has accepted 16 students from across the State into the Attorney General’s Office internship program.

“Internships are a vital part of higher education,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The real world experience these students will receive this summer will make them valuable employees, no matter their career choice, in the future. I look forward to watching these students grow and learn.”

Jacob Brown is a sophomore, studying mechanical engineering at the University of Arkansas. He is a native of Little Rock and graduated from LISA Academy in 2014. Brown is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Katherine Calaway graduated from Arkansas State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and is currently attending the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She is a 2010 graduate of Valley View High School in Jonesboro. Calaway is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Crystal Carey will graduate this fall from College of the Ouachitas with an Associate of Applied Science degree in medical office administration, medical coding and medical billing. She is a 2001 graduate of Bismarck High School. Carey is working in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Courtney Cox grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and later moved to Arkansas, where she joined the Arkansas Army National Guard. She is a business administration major at the University of Central Arkansas. Cox is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Claire Frueauff is a sophomore, majoring in political science at Hendrix College. She is a native of Little Rock and graduated from Parkview Arts and Science Magnet School in 2014. Frueauff is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Kelven Hadley, Pine Bluff, is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he is studying political science. He is a 2014 graduate of Ridgway Christian Academy. Hadley is working in the Public Protection Department.

Meredith Herring, a 2013 graduate of Bryant High School, is a junior at the University of Central Arkansas, where she is studying political science. Herring is working in the Civil Department.

Hayden Hosto, Little Rock, is a sophomore, studying finance and international relations at Lehigh University. She graduated from Pulaski Academy in 2014. Hosto is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Wyatt Miller, a junior, is studying economics at the University of Arkansas. He is a Little Rock native and graduated from Catholic High School in 2013. Miller is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Bradley Neugent, a 2014 graduate of Bryant High School, is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas, where he is majoring in international relations and international security. He is working in the Public Protection Department.

Julio Olaya Jr. is a junior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he is studying economics and public policy. Growing up in Little Rock, he graduated from Pulaski Academy in 2013. Olaya is working in the Criminal Department.

Jasal Pothi, Sherwood, is studying English and politics at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He graduated from LISA Academy in 2014 and is a sophomore. Pothi is working in the Public Protection Department.

Jordan Preston, a 2012 graduate of Lakeside High School, is a senior at the University of Arkansas, where she is majoring in accounting. Preston is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Christopher Sparks, Berryville, is a senior majoring in print journalism at Arkansas Tech University. He is a 2011 graduate of Berryville High School. Sparks is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Jeremy Steuart grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia, and later moved to Texas, where he graduated from Cypress Ridge High School in 2012. He is a senior, studying political science at the University of Arkansas. Steuart is working in the Community Engagement Department.

Cara Tomlinson is a senior at Lyon College, where she is studying English and economics. She is from Searcy and graduated from Riverview High School in 2012. Tomlinson is working in the Community Engagement Department.

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Requests Regional Haze Case Intervention

Rutledge Requests Intervention in Regional Haze Case after EPA Continually Rejects State Plans from ADEQ

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement after submitting a motion to intervene in the case, Sierra Club v. McCarthy. Despite the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) submitting robust plans to combat regional haze, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is attempting to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan for Regional Haze that fails to consider the best interests for Arkansas.

“This is a classic example of a ‘sue and settle’ case,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The EPA agreed to the demands of the Sierra Club without any real litigation of the issues and without input from the State. Recent data shows that visibility impairment is improving in Arkansas and this federal rule is unnecessary. It is my duty to protect Arkansans from rate increases that will negatively impact them and offer zero benefit to Arkansas beyond those proposed by the State Plans. I am confident the State will be granted intervention in this case. The EPA should put the interests of Arkansans far ahead of the Sierra Club’s political interests.”

The request for intervention follows Rutledge submitting public comments in response to a proposed consent decree in the case. The comments requested that the EPA withdraw the proposed settlement citing that the plan is inconsistent with the Clean Air Act. In the comments, Rutledge also said that the Sierra Club lacks standing to bring the suit, Sierra Club v. McCarthy, which gave rise to the settlement.

Rutledge is requesting intervention after the EPA held a public hearing in Arkansas on the proposed Federal Implementation Plan for Regional Haze.

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Seeks Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act Rehearing

Rutledge Seeks Rehearing before Eighth Circuit on Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act

Wed, Jun 10, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released the following statement after filing a petition with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals asking for en banc rehearing to determine the constitutionality of the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act.

“I have and will continue to be a strong advocate for the unborn,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act, which prohibits abortions after 12 weeks when a heartbeat is detected, was passed by lawmakers in 2013, and it is my duty to defend this law. I believe that the State’s appeal is entitled to a full hearing before the entire Eighth Circuit and not just a three-judge panel.”

A three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit issued a decision that affirmed federal District Judge Susan Webber Wright’s ruling that prohibiting abortions after 12 weeks gestation is unconstitutional. The Attorney General’s Office is requesting that the case be heard by the full membership of the Eighth Circuit.

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June Mobile Office Locations

Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for Remainder of June

Wed, Jun 10, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for the remainder of June.

Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents who are having consumer issues and help them file consumer complaints against scam artists. Staff will also be available to answer questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents.

Attorney General Rutledge created the initiative so that the office would be accessible to everyone, not just those who call the capital city home. The Attorney General believes there is no issue too small for her staff to have a face-to-face conversation.

For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s Office, visit ArkansasAG.gov or call (501) 682-2007. Rutledge can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge and on Twitter at twitter.com/AGRutledge.

The Attorney General Mobile Office schedule can be found below:

Jasper

Tuesday, June 16

9 – 11 a.m.

Jasper City Hall

101 E. Elm St.

Jasper, AR 72641

Clarksville

Tuesday, June 16

1 – 3 p.m.

Johnson County Courthouse

215 W. Main St.

Clarksville, AR 72830

Dardanelle

Friday, June 19

9 -11 a.m.

Dardanelle City Hall

120 N. Front St.

Dardanelle, AR 72834

Russellville

Friday, June 19

1 – 3 p.m.

Pope County Courthouse

100 W. Main St.

Russellville, AR 72801

McGehee

Tuesday, June 23

9 – 11 a.m.

McGehee City Hall

901 Holly St.

McGehee, AR 71654

Lake Village

Tuesday, June 23

1 – 3 p.m.

Lake Village Fire Department

2017 Hwy. 65/82 South

Lake Village, AR 71653

Hamburg

Wednesday, June 24

9 – 11 a.m.

Hamburg City Hall

305 E. Adams St.

Hamburg, AR 71646

Monticello

Wednesday, June 24

1 – 3 p.m.

Monticello City Hall

203 W. Gaines St.

Monticello, AR 71656

Marion

Tuesday, June 30

9 – 11 a.m.

Marion Chamber of Commerce

13 E. Military Road

Marion, AR 72364

Forrest City

Tuesday, June 30

1 – 3 p.m.

Forrest City – City Hall

224 N. Rosser

Forrest City, AR 72335

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