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Rutledge Announces Arrest of Hot Springs Employee for Billing Medicaid for Family

Rutledge Announces Arrest of Hot Springs Employee for Billing Medicaid for Family

Tue, Nov 20, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of a Garland County woman for Medicaid fraud.

Tonashae Echols, 33, of Hot Springs, is the Therapy Manager of Little Bitty City Therapeutic Services in Hot Springs and is accused of making false statements regarding her family’s income in order to receive Medicaid benefits for her children and billing Medicaid through the business for services provided to the children from November 2015 through July 2017. Following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, Echols was arrested. She is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class B felony.

“Echols is accused of lying to collect benefits she was not entitled to receive,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “When people cheat Medicaid, they steal from taxpayers and hurt a system designed to help the most vulnerable. I will not tolerate this behavior as the Attorney General.”

An attorney with the Attorney General’s Office will be sworn in as Special Deputy Prosecuting Attorney by 6th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.

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 oag@arkansasag.gov.

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Rutledge Announces Two Men Sentenced to a Total of 50 Years for Child Exploitation

Rutledge Announces Two Men Sentenced to a Total of 50 Years for Child Exploitation

Mon, Nov 19, 2018

Says, ‘I am committed to getting these predators out of our neighborhoods and off the internet’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Pulaski County man has been sentenced to 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction on child exploitation charges. An Izard County man has also been sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction on child exploitation charges. Each arrest was initiated by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit.

Christopher Williams, 29, of Little Rock, pleaded guilty to 4 counts of possessing, distributing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

Steven Eldridge, 64, of Melbourne, pleaded guilty to 4 counts of possessing, distributing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

“The Cyber Crimes Unit at the Attorney General’s office works diligently to protect Arkansas children and families,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I appreciate the partnerships across the State to protect our children and ensure these dangerous criminals are brought to justice. I am committed to getting these predators out of our neighborhoods and off the internet.”

Williams was arrested in 2017 after a search was executed by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit. Attorneys from the Attorney General’s office were appointed as special deputy prosecutors by 6th Judicial District Prosecutor Larry Jegley. Judge Barry Sims sentenced Williams in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Eldridge was arrested earlier this year after a search was executed by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit. Attorneys from the Attorney General’s office were appointed as special deputy prosecutors by 16th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer. Judge Tim Weaver sentenced Eldridge in Izard County Circuit Court.

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Rutledge Recommends $5.8 Million in Budget Reductions

Rutledge Recommends $5.8 Million in Budget Reductions

Thu, Nov 15, 2018

Says, ‘One of my priorities in office has been to use taxpayer dollars more efficiently’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Thursday submitted the biennial budget of the Attorney General’s office for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 to the Legislature for consideration and approval. The proposed budget cuts spending 12.1 percent in fiscal year 2020 and 10.5 percent in fiscal year 2021 from the current budget, totaling more than $5.8 million in reductions.

“One of my priorities in office has been to use taxpayer dollars more efficiently and do more with less,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I have been given a great responsibility as the Attorney General and chief law enforcement officer of Arkansas, which is why my office has executed a record number of Medicaid fraud arrests, and has worked to reduce red tape for Arkansas businesses. Today’s proposal, as has each previous budget in my administration, continues to reduce the office’s overall costs by cutting waste while doing more to protect Arkansans."

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Rutledge Announces Medicaid Fraud Arrests Involving Falsified Documents and Stolen Hydrocodone

Rutledge Announces Medicaid Fraud Arrests Involving Falsified Documents and Stolen Hydrocodone

Tue, Nov 13, 2018
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Rutledge Celebrates Veterans Day

Rutledge Celebrates Veterans Day

Sun, Nov 11, 2018

Says, ‘I humbly join Arkansans in celebrating our military service members’

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

“Today we pause to recognize the brave men and women who have served this great nation as a member of the armed forces protecting our freedoms at home and abroad,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I humbly join Arkansans in celebrating our military service members from every branch, along with their families. Their commitment has helped ensure the United States has the greatest military ever seen in the world and we are eternally grateful for their service."

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Arkansans Turned Over 26,000 Pounds of Pills at Statewide Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Arkansans Turned Over 26,000 Pounds of Pills at Statewide Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Thu, Nov 8, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Justin King, joined by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, announced that 26,529 pounds of medication was collected as part of the semi-annual Prescription Drug Take Back held on Saturday, Oct. 27.

“The Prescription Drug Take Back days are an important piece of my collaborative approach to combatting the opioid crisis,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “By safely disposing more than 26,000 pounds of old, expired or unused prescription medications we are ensuring these lethal drugs are kept off the streets and out of the hands of our friends and neighbors.”

“The people of the state of Arkansas should be proud of their efforts during the recent Drug Take Back which resulted in the collection and destruction of 26,529 pounds of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge King. “Arkansas continues to lead other states in the region in the volume of drugs collected during Take Back, which is a testament to the outstanding efforts of everyone involved. We would like to thank everyone who participated in this critical event which makes our homes and communities safer, while raising awareness of the opioid epidemic threatening the people of Arkansas.”

Semi-annually a Prescription Drug Take Back Day is held with the Arkansas Attorney General’s office, Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas National Guard, Arkansas Rotary Clubs, Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, DEA, FBI, Office of the State Drug Director and over 130 additional law enforcement and government agencies, community organizations and public health providers.

Event sites are held at various locations across the State but year-round locations are also available and can be found at ARTakeBack.org. The Attorney General’s office also hosts take back events at mobile offices around the State. Since the program began, more than 72 tons of medication have been collected in Arkansas, which is an estimated 201 million individual pills.

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