Rutledge Announces Izard County Woman Sentenced for Medicaid FraudMon, Jun 5, 2017
Says, ‘This woman took advantage of the system’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of an Izard County woman for marrying a patient she was caring for, which would make her ineligible to be paid by the Medicaid program, and continuing to provide care.
Anna Moore pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to five years probation and to pay $5,232 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund, $500 in fines and court costs.
“Medicaid is an important program for some of the most vulnerable Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Investigators and attorneys in the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit work each day to investigate and prosecute individuals, like Moore, who defraud the system. This woman took advantage of the system, and I will continue to investigate individuals attempting to defraud Arkansas taxpayers to ensure they are held accountable.”
Moore, 60, of Melbourne, pleaded guilty to a form of Medicaid fraud involving theft of property by deception, a Class C felony. She was caring for Clifton Davis, who pleaded guilty to the same charges in April.
This case was initiated by a referral from the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and 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 Part of $23 Million Omnicare SettlementMon, Jun 5, 2017
State to receive over $156,000
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has reached a settlement, along with 44 other states, with Omnicare Inc. The settlement resolves allegations of fraud against the Cincinnati, Ohio-based company for entering into contracts with the drug company Organon USA Inc. and agreeing to recommend the prescription of antidepressant drugs Remeron and Remeron Sol Tab in exchange for monetary payments disguised as rebates.
Arkansas will receive $156,701.73 from the settlement.
“Omnicare’s actions were irresponsible and unlawful,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This type of fraud from large corporations harms those in need of antidepressant medications by potentially overprescribing them in exchange for a kickback. Health care providers should make prescription decisions based strictly on need, cost and value.”
The total value of the settlement is $23 million to settle the allegations of federal and state False Claims Acts. The government resolved similar allegations against Organon USA in 2014. Omnicare is the nation’s largest provider of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services to nursing homes and was acquired by CVS Health Corporation in August 2015.
This settlement resulted from a whistleblower lawsuit originally filed in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. A team from the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units participated in the settlement negotiations on behalf of the states and included attorneys general from California, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio and Texas.
Rutledge Attends Law Enforcement and Veterans Legislation Signing Ceremony at White HouseFri, Jun 2, 2017
Says, ‘I am proud to stand with our President and his administration in support of these brave men and women’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today attended a bill signing ceremony at the White House in the Diplomatic Reception Room where President Donald J. Trump signed legislation supporting law enforcement, as well as veterans.
“As Arkansas’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer, I was honored to join President Trump as he signed two important pieces of legislation that will directly benefit law enforcement,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Grants will now be used to encourage the hiring of veterans as law enforcement officers, and a new effort has been initiated to eliminate the backlog for officers and their next of kin to receive benefits in a timely fashion. Members of law enforcement and veterans deserve our utmost respect, and I am proud to stand with our President and his administration in support of these brave men and women.”
Two pieces of legislation recently passed by Congress became law. The American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017, sponsored by U.S. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), allows for the use of Department of Justice (DOJ) grant funding to be used for hiring and training veterans for law enforcement officer positions.
The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Improvement Act of 2017, sponsored by U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), aims to improve the DOJ’s processing of public safety officers' death, disability and educational assistance claims. These benefits created via the PSOB program include support for permanently disabled law enforcement officers and education scholarship funding for the next of kin of deceased law enforcement officers.
Despite numerous internal and non-legislative external efforts to reduce delays in processing claims for these benefits, the DOJ has consistently failed to process claims promptly. According to the Judiciary Committee, as of April 2016, 431 of the 738 pending PSOB applications had been pending for more than one year.
Today’s law will improve the process by providing an online portal for benefit applicants to initiate and track the progress of their PSOB program claims; directing the use of existing regulatory authority to improve the operation and efficiency of the PSOB program; allowing the DOJ to give substantial weight to evidence and findings of fact of state, local, tribal and other federal agencies in making eligibility determinations; requiring the DOJ to adopt certified factual findings from the heads of state, local, tribal and other federal agencies; clarifying that educational benefit applicants will not lose access to any authorized benefits if there are processing delays that are attributable to DOJ; reaffirming that the DOJ can use its existing array of information-gathering authorities to fully adjudicate benefit applications, including its subpoena power; and establishes that absent clear and convincing evidence to the contrary the PSOB program will not presume that an officer is ineligible for benefits.
Rutledge Meets with EPA Administrator Scott PruittFri, Jun 2, 2017
Says ‘The views and values of Arkansans must be heard in Washington, D.C.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement following her meeting with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt at his office in Washington, D.C.
“The views and values of Arkansans must be heard in Washington, D.C., which is why today's meeting with Administrator Scott Pruitt was so important,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Administrator Pruitt and I talked openly about the need to protect our clean air and clean water in a cooperative and lawful fashion. I reassured the Administrator that I support the agency returning to its core mission, and I will continue to protect our farmers, ranchers and small businesses against overregulation."
While in Washington, D.C., Rutledge also met with the Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Rutledge Applauds Opening of Final Veteran Service OfficeTue, May 30, 2017
Attorney General provided $170,000 to assist with creating 9 offices
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today applauded the opening of the final Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs and Arkansas Department of Workforce Services Veteran Service Office in Hope.
The Attorney General’s office contributed the full start-up cost of $170,000 through lawsuit settlement dollars to assist the State Department of Veteran Affairs with opening Veteran Service Offices in Fayetteville, Forrest City, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Monticello, Mountain Home, Russellville and now Hope.
“Our veterans can now get the help they need close to home,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “It was a priority of mine that these offices become a reality to ensure our brave men and women who have given so much in service to our country get access to services they need.”
Assisting the Department of Veteran Affairs with the opening of these offices is part of Rutledge’s Military and Veterans Initiative which she created to assist active duty military, reservists, veterans and their families with consumer-related issues, veterans courts and other collaborative efforts.
Rutledge Marks Memorial DayMon, May 29, 2017
Says, ‘Let us never forget our fallen heroes’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement today in observance of Memorial Day.
“Brave, courageous, devoted – just a few words to describe the men and women who have protected our freedoms at home and abroad,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Each year, we pause on this day to remember their love of country, honor their memory, thank their family and instill in younger generations the true significance of their sacrifice. Matthew 5:4 says, ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.’ Let us never forget our fallen heroes, and may God bless their loved ones and this exceptional nation for which they died defending.”