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Rutledge Joins Coalition Supporting Mulvaney’s Appointment to CFPB

Rutledge Joins Coalition Supporting Mulvaney’s Appointment to CFPB

Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Says, ‘Mick Mulvaney’s appointment is critical’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined with five other attorneys general in sending a letter to President Donald J. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in support of the President’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney as Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

“Given the CFPB’s history of bureaucratic overreach, not only do I agree with the Department of Justice’s legal reasoning, but I also think Mick Mulvaney’s appointment is critical to ensure the legacy of abuse established during Cordray’s tenure does not continue,” said Attorney General Rutledge.

“Even cursory consideration of the regulations adopted over the CFPB’s brief history illustrates the sweeping consequences of that agency’s actions—and the need for its Acting Director to be selected by a democratically accountable President, not the outgoing agency head,” the attorneys general wrote.

In addition to Rutledge, the letter, which was led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, was signed by attorneys general from Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma and Texas.

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Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for December

Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for December

Wed, Nov 22, 2017

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for December.

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:

Cleburne County

Tuesday, December 5

10:30 a.m. – noon

Heber Springs Community Center

201 Bobbie Jean Lane

Heber Springs, AR 72543

Pulaski County

Wednesday, December 6

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Center on the Lake

2 Club Manor Drive

Maumelle, AR 72113

Fulton County

Thursday, December 7

10:30 a.m. – noon

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative

225 South Main

Salem, AR 72576

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Rutledge Announces Benton Woman Sentenced for Exploiting Impaired Adults

Rutledge Announces Benton Woman Sentenced for Exploiting Impaired Adults

Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Says, ‘It remains a top priority of my office to stop this type of fraud’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Benton woman for transferring funds out of nursing home residents’ trust accounts. Beverly Ann Brooks pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to one year probation and must pay $1,540.03 in restitution to Regional Health Properties, Inc. (the former owner of Northridge Healthcare and Rehabilitation), plus a $500 fine and court costs. Brooks paid $3,600 in restitution prior to the guilty plea.

“Beverly Brooks took advantage of some of Arkansas’s most vulnerable residents,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “It remains a top priority of my office to stop this type of fraud. Attorneys and investigators at the Attorney General’s office continue to investigate these crimes and prosecute those who take advantage of the system and Arkansas residents.

Brooks, 59, of Benton pleaded guilty to six counts of exploitation of an endangered or impaired adult, Class A misdemeanors for misappropriating the funds of six long-term care facility residents in February and March 2014.

This case was referred to the MFCU by the Office of Long-Term Care and was prosecuted in cooperation with the Office of 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 oag@arkansasag.gov.

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Rutledge Successful in Effort to Have FCC Allow Phone Companies to Block Illegal Robocalls

Rutledge Successful in Effort to Have FCC Allow Phone Companies to Block Illegal Robocalls

Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Says, ‘Arkansans are tired of the unwanted calls’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was successful in getting the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) to allow phone companies to block illegal robocalls. In July, Rutledge, and 29 other states, signed a letter urging the FCC to adopt these rules.

“This decision from the FCC is a major victory for Arkansas consumers,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I know that Arkansans are tired of the unwanted calls and they want them to stop. This rule change will help that become a reality and will also help save thousands of dollars that many consumers are deceived into giving to the con artists on the other end of these calls.”

Regulatory roadblocks had prevented telecommunications companies from blocking many illegal robocalls. This new rule will allow providers to block calls coming from invalid numbers, unassigned numbers and numbers whose owners have requested be blocked. For example, phone providers would be able to block a scammer that is using a telephone number that clearly cannot exist because it has not been assigned by a telephone provider to a user.

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Rutledge Statement on the Passing of State Senator Greg Strandridge

Rutledge Statement on the Passing of State Senator Greg Strandridge

Thu, Nov 16, 2017

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement offering condolences on the passing of State Senator Greg Strandridge.

“I was saddened to learn of the passing of Sen. Greg Strandridge,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Greg was a friend, a fighter and a man of faith. Not a day went by when he was not working to help his community and even as he faced his difficult diagnosis, he was always a source of encouragement and inspiration. My prayers are with Karen, their children, his constituents in District 16 and his colleagues in the Arkansas State Senate.”

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Rutledge Visits All 75 Counties for the Third Time in Three Years

Rutledge Visits All 75 Counties for the Third Time in Three Years

Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Held more than 230 roundtables with 2,200 participants

CONWAY – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has hosted roundtables in all of Arkansas’s 75 counties for three consecutive years. Yesterday she met with civil, education and faith-based leaders in Faulkner County to discuss local issues, as well as how to bolster the State’s economy, address the growing prescription drug epidemic, domestic violence, cyber crimes against children, internet safety and much more.

“Little Rock does not have all the answers,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansans want to know that those who represent them in the capital city are listening. Meeting with Arkansans from all over the state who have different specialties and experiences has given me great insight into the issues our communities are facing and how we work together to solve them. It is going to take all of us working together to keep growing our economy, educating consumers and saving lives from the prescription drug epidemic.”

Rutledge has hosted 232 roundtables with more than 2,200 participants since taking office in 2015. In her first year, Rutledge met with business and government leaders to discuss their needs and the services of the Attorney General’s office. Last year, Rutledge visited with local business owners and farmers who represented the largest economic driver in that particular county to learn about the regulations that were most burdensome to their ability to grow jobs.

In 2016, Senator John Boozman joined her for a Rutledge Roundtable in her hometown of Batesville, and this year she was joined in Independence County by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Rutledge credits launching Roundtables based on a lesson she learned during college when she spent her summers in Independence County flagging traffic for the State highway department. Rutledge says, “I noticed there was sometimes a disconnect between people who worked in the office and those on the road. As Attorney General, I do not want there to be that same disconnect between those who work in the capital city and Arkansans who live in communities around our state.”

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