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Lake City Woman Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud

Rutledge Announces Lake City Woman Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud

Fri, Nov 13, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Craighead County woman has been sentenced to three years of probation on a Medicaid fraud charge.

Martha Renshaw, 51, of Lake City pleaded guilty to billing for Medicaid services not provided, a Class C felony. Renshaw must also pay a total of $4,210.95 in restitution and $6,632.85 in fines.

“Medicaid fraud is a serious issue, and investigators and attorneys from the Attorney General’s office continue to work to protect those receiving care,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Those receiving Medicaid deserve the best care, and I remain committed to making sure those attempting to defraud Arkansans will be held accountable.”

Renshaw was arrested in December as part of an investigation into Allcare Homecare in Jonesboro. Renshaw has already paid nearly half of the required restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund. Renshaw pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Veteran's Day

Rutledge Celebrates Veterans Day

Wed, Nov 11, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement in recognition of Veterans Day.

“Today, we pause to celebrate and thank the brave men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform for generations to heroically protect our freedoms at home and abroad. Their courage and commitment is an inspiration to us all. I join with all Arkansans to express my sincere gratitude to our service members, as well as their families, for their steadfast devotion, which is second to none around the world.”

Rutledge will attend the Central Arkansas Veterans Day Ceremony at the North Little Rock Community Center on Willow Street at 11 a.m., as well as the ARVets Salute Gala fundraiser at the Clinton Presidential Library at 6 p.m.

Rutledge Provides Resources to ADVA

Rutledge Provides Resources to ADVA to Help Open Veteran Service Offices Across State

Tue, Nov 10, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today joined the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services for a ribbon cutting of the District 2 Veteran Service Office in Fayetteville. In addition to North Little Rock and Fayetteville, ADVA will establish district offices in Forrest City, Fort Smith, Hope, Jonesboro, Monticello, Mountain Home and Russellville. The Attorney General’s office has committed to contributing $170,000 to assist ADVA with opening the offices.

“I am proud to join with ADVA Director Matt Snead and so many others who stand ready to empower and assist our veterans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The opening of the Veteran Service Office in Fayetteville, as well as the others planned across the State, will have a direct impact on Arkansas’s more than 250,000 veterans in providing them much-needed resources and services. ADVA is taking a proactive approach to reach veterans statewide, not just those in central Arkansas, and their efforts should be commended.”

The District 2 Veterans Service Office is located at the Department of Workforce Services at 2143 West Martin Luther King Blvd. in Fayetteville.

5th Circuit Blocks Immigration Action

5th Circuit Blocks Immigration Action

Tue, Nov 10, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement in response to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to affirm and maintain the injunction on President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.

"Arkansas, like other States, would be forced to invest more tax dollars in law enforcement, health care, education and many other areas to handle the federal government's heavy-handed and unlawful attempt to expand and modify the deferred action program. Our country is a nation of laws, and the President's decision to use executive action to bypass Congress is a complete disregard for the U.S. Constitution. I commend the 5th Circuit for maintaining this injunction as the legal process continues, and I will continue to work with my colleagues from across the country to see that this decision is upheld and the Constitution is protected."

Arkansas joined the coalition in December, at the request of then Attorney General-elect Rutledge, along with Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Mobile Offices for Remainder of November
Two Companies Held Accountable for Theft

Rutledge Holds Two Companies Accountable for Theft from the Arkansas Medicaid Program

Thu, Nov 5, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that Arkansas has joined with other States and the federal government to settle allegations that AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP and Cephalon Inc. overcharged State Medicaid programs, including Arkansas, for medications.

AstraZeneca, a London and Delaware-based pharmaceutical manufacturer, has paid the States and the federal government $46.5 million to resolve allegations against the company. Cephalon, a Pennsylvania-based subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., has paid the States and the federal government $7.5 million to settle similar allegations.

“These companies stole money that was rightly owed to the Arkansas Medicaid program through the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The fraud committed caused the State Medicaid programs to overpay for drugs. These actions were inappropriate, and today these companies are being held accountable for their deceit.”

As part of the settlement, Arkansas will receive almost $134,000 in restitution and other recovery.

These settlements resolve allegations that AstraZeneca and Cephalon underpaid drug rebates owed to the States. Under a federal law, drug manufacturers must periodically return a portion of the amount paid by State Medicaid programs for the manufacturers’ drugs. The rebate program is designed to ensure that States pay competitive prices for drugs, and the rebates for a manufacturer’s drugs are calculated based on a percentage of the average prices drug wholesalers pay. The greater the average price reported by the manufacturer, the greater the rebate the manufacturer must pay for that drug.

The investigation resulted from action filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania under the federal False Claims Act and various State false claims statutes.

The whistleblower’s complaint alleged that AstraZeneca and Cephalon improperly treated certain fees paid to wholesalers as “discounts,” and the effect of this accounting practice was to falsely decrease the average price the companies reported to the federal government, improperly decreasing the rebates paid to the States.

A National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units team participated in the investigation, conducted the settlement negotiations with AstraZeneca and Cephalon on behalf of the States and included representatives from the Offices of the Attorneys General for the States of Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York and South Carolina.

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