Rutledge Announces Arrest of Faulkner County Man for Crimes Involving ChildrenTue, Apr 18, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of Jason Blade Coppock of Mayflower on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony.
Coppock, 26, was arrested by the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department on warrants obtained by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit. He is being held in the Faulkner County Jail on $250,000 bond.
Special agents in the Attorney General’s office began investigating Coppock after agents determined that someone using a computer at Coppock’s address downloaded sexually explicit material involving children.
Rutledge Statement Following U.S. Supreme Court Refusal to Lift Stay of Execution on Inmate Don DavisMon, Apr 17, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement tonight after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected her request to lift the stay on Inmate Don Davis’ scheduled execution.
“It is heartbreaking that the family of Jane Daniel has once again seen justice delayed. Davis was convicted of his crimes in 1992, and my office took every action it could today to see that justice was carried out. Ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court has the final say and has decided not to lift the stay at this time.
“There are five scheduled executions remaining with nothing preventing them from occurring, but I will continue to respond to any and all legal challenges brought by the prisoners. The families have waited far too long to see justice, and I will continue to make that a priority.”
Rutledge Files Lawsuit Against U.S. Business ServicesThu, Apr 13, 2017
Says, ‘These unlawful actions and misrepresentations by this Florida company are wrong and must be stopped’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today filed a consumer-protection lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Florida-based U.S. Business Services LLC for violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
“Using what looks like an official government tax notice or notification, U.S. Business Services has managed to convince many unsuspecting Arkansas business owners that they are failing to follow the law and that, for a fee, the company can help,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These unlawful actions and misrepresentations by this Florida company are wrong and must be stopped before more are harmed.”
U.S. Business Services solicits business in Arkansas via direct mailings and offers to prepare and provide, for a $150 fee, corporate consent records in lieu of meeting minutes that fulfill the requirements of Arkansas law. However, U.S. Business Services selectively quotes portions of Arkansas law to convey only those portions that would legitimize the solicitation, and the mailed documents are specifically designed to give the average consumer the impression that it is official in nature and required by a government entity.
To date, the office has received 32 complaints about the business practices of U.S. Business Services, and many others have contacted the office by phone in order to report the scam. Of the 27 consumers who have filed formal complaints, at least three of them paid $150 to the company as the form instructed. After speaking with the Secretary of State’s office, Rutledge learned that it had also received numerous reports, inquiries and complaints regarding U.S. Business Services’ harmful practices.
Rutledge is asking the court to impose civil penalties, restitution, attorneys’ fees, costs and other relief against U.S. Business Services. If consumers in Arkansas have paid U.S. Business Services and have not already contacted the Attorney General’s office, please file a consumer complaint at ArkansasAG.gov.
Rutledge Announces Izard County Man Sentenced for Property TheftWed, Apr 12, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of an Izard County man for property theft by deception.
Clifton Davis 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, $500 in fines and court costs.
“Investigators and attorneys from the Attorney General’s office work each day to investigate and prosecute individuals, like this man, who defraud the system,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Medicaid is a critical safety net for some of the most vulnerable Arkansans, and both Davis and his caregiver took advantage of the program. I will continue to ensure that people attempting to defraud Arkansas taxpayers are held accountable.”
Davis, 51, of Melbourne, pleaded guilty to theft of property by deception, a Class C felony, for marrying his Medicaid caregiver and continuing to receive care, which would make the caregiver ineligible to be paid by the Medicaid program for providing care to Davis. Davis’ co-defendant is scheduled for a hearing June 5.
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.
About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. She is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office. Since taking office, she has begun a Mobile Office program, a Military and Veterans Initiative, a Metal Theft Prevention program and a Cooperative Disability Investigations program. She has led efforts to teach internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge also serves as Vice Chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association and re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture.
A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for Gov. Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and subsequently was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.
Rutledge Hosts Office’s First-Ever NWA Law Enforcement TrainingTue, Apr 11, 2017
SPRINGDALE – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today hosted, for the first time in the history of the office, a law enforcement training event in northwest Arkansas. The free training and educational opportunity for the law enforcement community, including police, prosecutors and criminal justice personnel was attended by over 175 and held in Springdale. Rutledge announced last month that the training was being offered outside of central Arkansas after the overwhelming success of the annual Law Enforcement Summit, allowing for northwest Arkansas officers to have easier access to the training.
Today’s participants heard from Dr. Olivia Johnson who presented a first responder and wellness training that explored issues such as, suicide prevention, stress, anger management and officer post-traumatic stress disorder. Attendees also heard from Lt. Brian Murphy, of Wisconsin, who was a speaker at the 2015 Law Enforcement Summit. Murphy was the first officer on the scene of the Sikh Temple Tragedy on Aug. 5, 2012, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Forty-year-old Wade Michael Page fatally shot six people and wounded four others, along with shooting Murphy 15 times at close range.
“The collaboration and training members of the law enforcement community in northwest Arkansas received today is invaluable to their work to keep Arkansans safe,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Each one faces unbelievable challenges and obstacles every day, and I am grateful to Dr. Johnson and Lt. Murphy for sharing their experiences and expertise. With over 175 in attendance, it is clear that the level of interest in these opportunities for cutting-edge training continues to grow, and I will continue to look for ways to make these educational events available outside of Little Rock.”
“Training is the foundation for officer safety,” said Lt. Murphy. “I'm honored to be asked to present to such a large group of officers. I hope my story helps to inspire officers to build their resiliency preparing them not only for their professional life but their private lives as well.”
“It is the investment in law enforcement officers nationwide, through training like this that will undoubtedly save lives, families and careers,” said Dr. Johnson. “The message relayed to officers – their mental health and wellness matter. We will never know the true impact of this training, but everyone benefits when we help protect the protectors.”
Rutledge Statement on the Passing of Izard County Sheriff Tate LawrenceFri, Apr 7, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement today after learning of the passing of Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.
“For more than a decade, Sheriff Tate Lawrence has made it his mission to dutifully protect and serve the people of Izard County. He had the respect of his deputies and staff and the gratitude of his neighbors. From Melbourne to Calico Rock to Horseshoe Bend, nobody questioned the commitment of Sheriff Lawrence even during his battle with cancer. My prayers are with his wife, Sherry, family, friends and the many individuals he touched throughout Izard County.”