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Rutledge Issues Statement on D.C. Court Ruling on CFPB Acting Director

Rutledge Issues Statement on D.C. Court Ruling on CFPB Acting Director

Wed, Nov 29, 2017

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a statement regarding the United States District Court for the District of Columbia’s decision to side with President Donald J. Trump’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Division.

“Today’s Federal court ruling halted Richard Cordray’s political agenda and blatant disregard for the rule of law. The reinforcement of the President’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney provides the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau the opportunity to genuinely protect consumers within the confines of the law and guaranteeing access to a free and fair marketplace.”

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Rutledge Announces Jonesboro Man Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud

Rutledge Announces Jonesboro Man Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud

Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Says, ‘Putting a stop to this type of fraud is a top priority of my office’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Jonesboro man for Medicaid fraud and theft. Emmett Paul Milam pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to six years probation and must pay $90,941.10 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund, with $10,000 paid immediately, plus a $30,000 fine and exclusion from the Medicaid program for 5 years.

“Emmett Paul Milam scammed a vital safety net program for vulnerable Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Putting a stop to this type of fraud is a top priority of my office. 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.

Milam, 37, of Jonesboro pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class B felony, and one count of theft of property by deception, a Class C felony for submitting fraudulent billings and received payments for services not rendered from 2013-2015. The Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) suspended Milam’s Medicaid provider number after it was used to commit fraud. Milam then began billing using a different Medicaid provider number.

This case was referred to the MFCU by the OMIG 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 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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