Rutledge Hosts Retiree Resources Event in Central ArkansasThu, Sep 5, 2019
Says, ‘protect Arkansans’ hard-earned savings from these lazy, low-life con artists’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today hosted a regional Rutledge Retiree Resources event at the Church at Rock Creek. The event was a part of a statewide series that has served hundreds of Arkansans at five regional programs to educate retirees about how they can protect themselves from pervasive and vicious scam artists.
“By educating seniors face-to-face, we are teaching them how to be the first line of defense against these scam artists who will stop at nothing to take advantage of Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I will do everything in my power to protect Arkansans’ hard-earned savings from these lazy, low-life con artists.”
Attendees heard from the Attorney General’s public protection experts about protecting themselves from scams and identity theft, proper prescription drug disposal, resources regarding nursing homes and home care and protecting finances.
Rutledge Retiree Resources events have previously been held in Fayetteville, Jonesboro, DeWitt and Hope.
Rutledge Releases Statewide Public Service Announcement About Protecting Children From Predators OnlineTue, Sep 3, 2019
Says, ‘you could be allowing dangerous people into your homes and their bedrooms’
LITTLE ROCK –Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statewide public service announcement (PSA) addressing smartphone and internet safety for Arkansans. In the PSA, Rutledge is urging parents to stay aware of internet and smartphone apps that enable predators to take advantage of children.
“Would you let your child get into the car with someone you don’t know, or spend the night with a stranger?” asked Attorney General Rutledge in the PSA. “If you don’t know who your kids are texting or gaming with on their phones, you could be allowing dangerous people into your homes and their bedrooms. Get informed and together, let’s protect our kids.”
The special agents of the Attorney General's Special Investigations Department work with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies at every stage of investigations, arrests and convictions.
The public service announcement can be viewed on various networks and cable stations throughout the State and can be found on Rutledge’s YouTube page.
Arkansans who have questions can email the office at oag@ArkansasAG.gov or call (800) 482-8982.
Rutledge Seeks Congressional Action for Autism ServicesThu, Aug 29, 2019
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced a bipartisan coalition of 47 attorneys general calling upon Congress to authorize the Autism CARES Act of 2019. This legislation provides ongoing federal support for research into autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and services to those affected by these conditions.
“All Arkansas families deserve the support and resources for their loved ones who are on the autism spectrum,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “More research and services are necessary to address the needs of our rapidly increasing population of Americans on the autism spectrum.”
A previous version of this legislation is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2019. The Autism CARES Act of 2019 currently exists as H.R. 1058 in the U.S. House of Representatives and S. 427 in the U.S. Senate. Congress began addressing autism in 2000 with the first enactment of the bill. The Autism CARES Act of 2019 will continue Congress’ ongoing mission to ensure that those living with ASD receive the necessary support and research.
In addition to Arkansas, the letter was co-lead by attorneys general in Indiana and Mississippi and signed on to by Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, the District of Columbia and territories.
Rutledge Announces Arrest of Yell County Parents for Social Security FraudThu, Aug 29, 2019
Falsely claimed benefits while their child was in custody of the State
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of a Yell County man and woman for felony charges for falsely claiming Social Security Income Benefits for their severely impaired infant daughter while she was in the custody of the State.
Briggsville residents, Bobby Joe Lloyd, 39, and Jessica Norwood, 23, were each arrested and charged with theft of property by deception and criminal conspiracy to commit theft of property by deception. After the birth of their daughter who suffered from severe medical impairments in September 2018, Lloyd and Norwood lost custody of their daughter to the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Norwood allegedly filed and was approved for Supplemental Security Income Benefits in October 2018, claiming the child was in her custody. Lloyd subsequently applied to be the representative payee and also claimed the couple had custody of their daughter. Lloyd and Norwood allegedly received social security benefits totaling $5,397 between June 13, 2019 - August 1, 2019, to care for their infant daughter who was actually in state custody.
This case was initiated after the Little Rock Cooperative Disability Investigation (CDI) Unit received a referral for investigation from the Social Security Administration (SSA) Russellville, AR Office. The case will be prosecuted by Yell County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mark Johnson. The Attorney General’s Office has two certified law enforcement officers and an investigative analyst assigned to the Little Rock CDI Unit.
“We must hold people accountable who take advantage of taxpayers to ensure these benefits are available to those who need and deserve them,” said Attorney General Rutledge.
Arkansas’s CDI Unit was formed and began operation in October 2015. The Unit is a federal, state and local cooperative effort led and 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 Arkansas Attorney General’s office has two special agents and an analyst assigned to the CDI Unit.
Rutledge Announces September Mobile Office ScheduleTue, Aug 27, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for September.
Attorney General Rutledge created this initiative during her first year in office to increase office accessibility for all Arkansans, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. Office hours were held in all 75 counties each year during her first term, assisting 3,300 Arkansans. In 2019, Attorney General Mobile Offices have already served over 1,600 Arkansans.
Rutledge believes face-to-face conversations are the best way to truly hear from Arkansans. The Attorney General Mobile Offices assist Arkansans with consumer related issues by filing consumer complaints against scam artists as well as answering questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents.
Rutledge continues her partnerships with the Cooperative Extension Service and local law enforcement across Arkansas. Law enforcement officials will be on hand to collect unused and expired prescription medications to ensure they are secured and properly disposed. Arkansans are encouraged to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile office. During Rutledge’s first term, over 618 pounds of medications were collected at mobile offices. Another 168 pounds of medications have been collected so far this year.
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 upcoming mobile office schedule is below:
Thursday, September 5
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Warren Senior Citizens Center
96 North Etheridge Street
Warren, AR 71671
Tuesday, September 10
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Searcy County Senior Activity and Wellness Center
509 Zack Road
Marshall, AR 72650
Friday, September 13
10:30 a.m. to noon
Paragould Community Center
3404 Linwood Drive
Paragould, AR 72450
Tuesday, September 17
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Monticello Senior Citizens Center
203 Henley Drive
Monticello, AR 71655
Thursday, September 19
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Hope Senior Center
102 South Main Street
Hope, AR 71801
Monday, September 23
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Izard County Senior Center
30 Chapel Hill Road
Brockwell, AR 72517
Thursday, September 26
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ash Flat Senior Life Center
324 Homewood Lane
Ash Flat, AR 72513
Rutledge Says Oklahoma Opioid Manufacturer Decision Reaffirms Arkansas EpidemicMon, Aug 26, 2019
Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $572 million to Oklahoma
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued this statement following the Oklahoma District Court’s decision holding an opioid manufacturer accountable for its contribution to the epidemic of addiction that has swept our nation.
“Today’s decision in Oklahoma only reaffirms our case against this opioid manufacturer and the crisis it created by lying to Arkansans about the addictiveness of its products,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “In 2018, there were over 186 million opioid pills sold in Arkansas, and we still have a long way to go to overcome the devastation. I will hold all manufacturers accountable for the generation of addiction they have created and bring back the resources for treatment for the citizens of our great State.”