Attorney General’s Office has distributed more than 103,000 Laura’s CardsTue, Oct 31, 2017
Says, ‘I am grateful to the sheriffs’ offices, police departments, advocacy groups and shelters that are working hand-in-hand with my office to continue getting Laura’s Cards into the hands of the men and women who need them’
LITTLE ROCK – To mark the final day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced that since the unveiling of Laura’s Card in February of 2016, 103,800 have been distributed in both English and Spanish.
“The almost-104,000 cards that have been distributed represent far more than just words on paper,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “It brings hope. It reminds men or women living in dangerous situations that God has a better plan for their lives. I am grateful to the sheriffs’ offices, police departments, advocacy groups and shelters that are working hand-in-hand with my office to continue getting Laura’s Cards into the hands of the men and women who need them.”
Laura’s Card was created through legislation sponsored by Rep. Charlotte Douglas (R-Alma) in the 2015 legislative session after many conversations with Laura Webb of Cabot. Webb is a survivor of domestic violence, but when she was victimized she did not know where to turn and voiced her concerns to Rep. Douglas about the need to provide resources to those in abusive situations. Under Act 873, law enforcement officers must provide a resource information card to assist victims of crime and their families.
Laura’s Card includes 24-hour crisis lines, a place for law enforcement and local shelter or service provider to include contact information, a list of victim’s rights, information about the Crime Victims Reparations Board and a website that has been created with links to numerous resources available across the state. The website, LaurasCard.ar.gov, is a clearinghouse of resources for law enforcement, service providers and victims.
In addition to working with Rep. Douglas, Webb and the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rutledge also received input to help craft Laura’s Card from the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police; Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault; Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence; Arkansas Crime Information Center; Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board; Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association; Arkansas State Police; Criminal Justice Institute and the Office of the Prosecutor Coordinator.
In July of 2016, Rutledge announced that the Spanish version of the card would also be provided and available online for download.
Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for NovemberMon, Oct 30, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for November.
Attorney General Rutledge created the mobile office initiative during her first year in office to make the office accessible to everyone, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. In both 2015 and 2016, office hours were held in all 75 counties assisting nearly 1,300 Arkansans.
The Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents with consumer related issues in filing consumer complaints against scam artists. Staff will also be available to answer questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents. Rutledge believes there is no issue too small for her staff to have a face-to-face conversation.
Rutledge continues her partnership that began in 2016 with local law enforcement across the State to offer prescription drug take back boxes. Law enforcement will be at all mobile offices to handle a secure box and properly dispose of the prescriptions collected. Rutledge encourages Arkansans to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile 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.
The upcoming mobile office schedule is below:
Thursday, Nov. 2
10:30 a.m. – noon
Miller County Senior Center
1007 Jefferson Ave.
Texarkana, AR 71854
Tuesday, Nov. 7
10 – 11 a.m.
Scott County Library
141 W. 2nd St.
Waldron, AR 72958
Tuesday, Nov. 14
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Marion County Senior Activity & Wellness Center
5966 Highway 202 East
Flippin, AR 72634
Thursday, Nov. 16
9:30 – 11 a.m.
St. Bernards Senior Life Center
700 E. Washington Ave.
Jonesboro, AR 72401
St. Francis County
Tuesday, Nov. 28
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Woodruff Electric Cooperative Corporation
3201 Highway 1 North
Forrest City, AR 72335
Hot Spring County
Thursday, Nov. 30
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Malvern Senior Activity Center
1800 W. Moline St.
Malvern, AR 72104
Rutledge Opens First-Ever District Office in Northwest ArkansasFri, Oct 27, 2017
Will serve area that is 22nd fastest-growing in U.S.
LOWELL – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today opened for the first time in the history of the Attorney General’s office a permanent district office outside the capital city in northwest Arkansas.
“Since my inauguration, it has been my goal to make Arkansans more aware of the services of the office and to make it more accessible,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The opening of a district office in northwest Arkansas, a region that is the fastest-growing in the state and the 22nd fastest-growing in the U.S., will allow these Arkansans greater access to resources and assistance from the Attorney General’s office. No Arkansan, including those in the communities of northwest Arkansas, should have to drive to downtown Little Rock or get on the phone to receive the help they need. Staff in the district office will be able to assist with consumer-related issues and will speak to groups and attend events to make sure residents know more about available resources and services.”
Rutledge was joined at today’s opening by many state and local officials and was given a special welcome to the northwest Arkansas community by Lowell Mayor Eldon Long and Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce CEO Raymond Burns.
Rutledge also announced that the office would come at no additional taxpayer expense and would be paid for using lawsuit settlement dollars.
The office will have two full-time staff members, one of whom is bilingual to better assist the increasing Hispanic community of the region.
The office is located at:
Puppy Creek Place
213 W. Monroe, Suite 0
Lowell, AR 72745
Rutledge: POTUS Correct to Call Opioid Crisis a ‘Public Health Emergency’Thu, Oct 26, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today issued a statement following the announcement from President Donald J. Trump that directs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency.
“The President is correct to call the opioid crisis a public health emergency,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “In 2016, more than two million Americans had an addiction to prescription or illicit opioids and the crisis continues to get worse every day. Arkansas is not immune from this epidemic with overdose deaths increasing from 287 in 2015 to 335 in 2016. I stand ready to work with the President and will continue to tackle the epidemic with an all-of-the-above approach that includes education, prevention and treatment.”
Rutledge has brought a first-in-the-nation curriculum to Arkansas called Prescription for Life. Prescription for Life features a digital platform to help high school students in the State understand the dangers of prescription drug misuse and how to prevent abuse. The program is free to high schools and more information can be found at ArkansasAG.gov. The curriculum is part of the Attorney General’s already robust prescription drug abuse prevention initiative. During 2016, more than 330 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at Attorney General Mobile Offices across Arkansas and over 160 pounds have been collected since the beginning of 2017. The sixth annual Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit, hosted by Rutledge, is scheduled for Nov. 9 in Hot Springs with over 1000 registered to attend.
Rutledge is also encouraging Arkansans to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring any unused or expired medications to one of the state’s more than 100 Prescription Drug Take Back Day drop-off locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. To find event sites and year-round drop-off locations near you, visit ARTakeBack.org.
Rutledge Announces Conviction of Faulkner County Woman for Medicaid FraudWed, Oct 25, 2017
Paid over $3,500 in restitution
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Conway woman for Medicaid fraud. Georgia Broady pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay $600 in fines and court costs. She paid $3,548.93 in restitution prior to entry of the plea.
“Georgia Broady took advantage of a system that is in place to support some of our most vulnerable” said Attorney General Rutledge. “My staff of attorneys and investigators will continue to investigate and prosecute this fraud across the state to root out this type of fraud.”
Broady, 49, of Conway pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud, a Class C felony. She was accused of billing over $3,500 for services not rendered in 2015.
The case was prosecuted in coordination with the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.
To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, complete the online form at ArkansasAG.gov, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rutledge Announces Arrest of Three Mississippi Women for FraudTue, Oct 24, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of three Mississippi women.
Pearlie Bailey, 63, of Hollandale, Mississippi turned herself in to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office on two counts of health care fraud, Class B felonies, and one count of Failure to Maintain Medicaid records, Class D felony. She appeared in Pulaski County District Court and was released on a $2,500 bond.
Charline Brandon, 61, of Cleveland, Mississippi turned herself in to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office on one count of health care fraud, Class B felony, one count of Medicaid fraud, Class B felony and one count of Engaging in a Continuing Criminal gang, or enterprise, Class Y felony. She appeared in Pulaski County District Court and was released on a $25,000 bond.
Debra Stewart, 59, of Helena was arrested on June 15 on two counts of health care fraud, Class B felonies, along with one count of Medicaid fraud, Class C felony, and one count Medicaid fraud, Class A misdemeanor.
The three are accused of fraudulently billing for services not rendered and for providing false information for the purpose of requesting payment from a health plan, totaling almost $290,000 from March 2011 to January 2017. This case was referred to the Arkansas Attorney General’s office by the Mississippi Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and is part of an ongoing investigation with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General.
Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled. 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 email@example.com.