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Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for November

Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for November

Mon, 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:

Miller County

Thursday, Nov. 2

10:30 a.m. – noon

Miller County Senior Center

1007 Jefferson Ave.

Texarkana, AR 71854

Scott County

Tuesday, Nov. 7

10 – 11 a.m.

Scott County Library

141 W. 2nd St.

Waldron, AR 72958

Marion County

Tuesday, Nov. 14

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Marion County Senior Activity & Wellness Center

5966 Highway 202 East

Flippin, AR 72634

Craighead County

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

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First-Ever District Office in Northwest Arkansas

Rutledge Opens First-Ever District Office in Northwest Arkansas

Fri, 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
(479) 306-7304

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POTUS Correct to Call Opioid Crisis a ‘Public Health Emergency’

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.

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Conviction of Faulkner County Woman for Medicaid Fraud
Arrest of Three Mississippi Women for Fraud

Rutledge Announces Arrest of Three Mississippi Women for Fraud

Tue, 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 oag@arkansasag.gov.

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Governor Hutchinson Joins Attorney General for Roundtable in Batesville

Governor Hutchinson Joins Attorney General for Roundtable in Batesville

Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Meet with more than 25 community leaders

BATESVILLE – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge welcomed Gov. Asa Hutchinson to her hometown of Batesville today to participate in a Rutledge Roundtable. Rutledge is in her third year of holding roundtables in each of Arkansas’s 75 counties.

This year’s attendees have mostly consisted of civil, education and faith-based leaders 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.

“I am proud to welcome our Governor to my hometown to visit with community leaders,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Not all solutions come from Little Rock, and it is important for me and the Governor to hear from Arkansans outside the capital city to learn exactly what they expect from government and how we can all work together to grow jobs, combat prescription drug abuse and protect our most vulnerable.”

“The Attorney General's statewide roundtables are a terrific opportunity to hear from business people, citizens and community leaders from all over Arkansas,” said Gov. Hutchinson. “Their insights are of great value, and I appreciate Attorney General Rutledge's invitation to attend this particular roundtable in her hometown of Batesville.”

Since taking office, Rutledge has held 225 Rutledge Roundtables with more than 2,050 attendees.

Before today’s roundtable, Gov. Hutchinson joined Rutledge at her alma mater, Southside High School, to launch Prescription for Life, a first-in-the-nation education initiative that 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 Attorney General’s office is offering the curriculum at no cost to participating schools.

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