Rutledge Announces Trumann Woman Sentenced for Medicaid FraudMon, Oct 19, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Poinsett County woman has been sentenced to five years of probation on a Medicaid fraud charge.
Kelly Gregg, 43, of Trumann pleaded guilty to billing for Medicaid services not provided, a Class B felony. Gregg must also pay $3,557.31 in restitution and $10,671.93 in fines.
“Investigators and attorneys from the Attorney General’s office are working tirelessly to catch and prosecute those who commit Medicaid fraud,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Medicaid is a critical safety net for some of the most vulnerable Arkansans, and I am committed to holding criminals who steal from Medicaid accountable.”
Gregg was arrested in December after it was reported to investigators that she was billing for services to a friend’s mother between January 2013 and March 2014 but was not providing the services. Gregg pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Monday.
The Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Until has arrested 24 individuals and has obtained 17 convictions across the State this year.
Rutledge: State Should Maintain its Authority over Drilling PermitsThu, Oct 15, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze raising concerns about the scope of the BLM’s proposed rules for onshore oil and gas operations.
Rutledge opposes the rule in its current form since the BLM impermissibly expanded its authority over non-federal lands contrary to the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920. Additionally, the BLM failed to engage any State entities, and Rutledge believes the rule would lead to severe economic harm in Arkansas.
“Federal law allows Arkansas to issue drilling permits on non-federal lands,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The BLM is attempting to go beyond the intent of this law and overtake the State’s authority to control its own land without any appropriate consultation. I urge the BLM to revise this rule and work with the States to do so. If the BLM does not narrow the scope of the rule, I am prepared to take appropriate legal action.”
In the letter, Rutledge writes, “the State of Arkansas has and continues to successfully administer surface and downhole activities associated with the development of oil and gas in a safe and prudent manner, protecting all parties from waste.”
A copy of the letter is available here.
Attorney General Co-Hosts VALOR TrainingTue, Oct 13, 2015
BRYANT – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today offered opening remarks to those attending the VALOR Training in Bryant, Arkansas. Over 100 law enforcement officers will attend the three-day event, which is hosted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Arkansas, and co-hosted by the Attorney General’s Office, Benton Police Department, Bryant Police Department, Regional Organized Crime Information Center and the Saline County Sheriff’s Office.
“I am proud to serve as a co-host for this important event to help Arkansas’s officers continue to protect and serve,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Ongoing training and collaboration is essential to helping officers protect themselves, their colleagues and the communities they serve. The lessons our law enforcement officers will learn over the next few days will be the most updated and pertinent information, and will help protect their own lives, as well as the lives of others.”
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance created the VALOR Program to help prevent violence against law enforcement officers and ensure officer resilience and survivability following violent encounters during the course of their duties. VALOR was developed to address the increase in ambush-style assaults that have taken the lives of many law enforcement officers in recent months.
VALOR Training is designed for frontline law enforcement to promote officer safety and to help prevent injuries and deaths of law enforcement officers and the people they serve. Participants develop an understanding of emerging threats and challenges that officers routinely face in the line of duty.
Officers will learn the importance of identifying concealed weapons and pre-incident indicators of a potential assault; recognizing and defusing dangerous situations; enhancing their resiliency; and, implementing casualty care and rescue tactics training.
Rutledge Announces Medicaid Fraud Arrest of Texas ManTue, Oct 13, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of a Texas man by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
DeAndre L. Taybore, 32, of Desoto, Texas, was arrested on one count of Medicaid fraud. Taybore was booked into the Pulaski County Jail where he is being held on a $2,500 bond. He is accused of billing for services not rendered between January 2013 and March 2013, totaling $1,243, a Class C felony.
Medicaid fraud occurs when Medicaid providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled.
Rutledge Comments on Status of Executions in ArkansasFri, Oct 9, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement in response to the decision from Judge Wendell Griffen granting a temporary restraining order of the scheduled executions in Arkansas until a preliminary injunction hearing can be held.
“It is unfortunate that once again justice is being delayed for the victims of the crimes committed by the death-row prisoners who filed this lawsuit. These delays have gone on for far too long. I respectfully disagree with the Court’s decision not to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the prisoners and to delay their executions. I will continue to fight for the victims of these murders and their grieving families.”
Attorney General’s Office Achieves New MilestoneThu, Oct 8, 2015
ASH FLAT – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that since launching the mobile office initiative in May, her office has achieved a new milestone by holding office hours in all 75 counties for the first time. Rutledge also announced times and locations for upcoming mobile offices in each congressional district.
Rutledge joined her team helping Arkansans at the mobile office in Ash Flat in Sharp County. Rutledge also stopped by the mobile office in Batesville, her hometown, earlier today.
“I launched mobile offices because you should not have to get on the Internet, pick up the phone or drive to an office building in Little Rock to meet with a member of my staff,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I could not be more proud of the work my staff has done to assist Arkansans in all 75 counties. When I was a college student, I spent summers back home in Independence County flagging traffic for the Arkansas Highway Department. As a flagger, I quickly noticed that sometimes what the engineers in Little Rock sent to the crews on the highway did not always work the way Little Rock expected. That same type of disconnect sometimes occurs between elected officials in the State Capitol and Arkansans across the State, but through initiatives like mobile offices, I plan to stay connected with Arkansans.”
Rutledge created the mobile office initiative so that her office and staff would be accessible to everyone, not just those who call the capital city home.
Attorney General Mobile Offices assist consumers in filing consumer complaints and answer questions about the full range of services provided by the Attorney General’s Office.
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.
Upcoming Attorney General Mobile Office schedule:
Baxter County Mobile Office
Monday, Oct. 12
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Van Matre Senior Center
1101 Spring St.
Mountain Home, AR 72653
White County Mobile Office
Tuesday, Oct. 20
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Lightle Senior Center
2200 E. Moore Ave.