Rutledge Announces Pulaski County Man Sentenced for Possessing Child PornographyWed, Jan 16, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that a Pulaski County man, who has a previous conviction for incest, has been sentenced to 80 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction on child pornography charges.
Anthony Lee Ridenour, 57, of Little Rock, pleaded guilty to eight counts of possessing, distributing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. He was found in possession of approximately 900 videos and images of adult men and women engaging in sexual intercourse and forced penetration with children as young as 2-3 years old.
“Ridenour possessed and shared these horrible videos which continue the vicious victimization of these innocent children,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I will not stand for this disgusting behavior and am committed to getting these predators off the internet and out of our neighborhoods where they can no longer prey on children.”
Ridenour was arrested in February by the Attorney General’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit when special agents seized laptops and external storage devices from his residence. An attorney from the Attorney General’s Office was appointed Special Deputy Prosecutor in the case by the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.
Rutledge Takes Oath of Office for Second Term as Attorney GeneralTue, Jan 15, 2019
Says, ‘true honor to pursue justice, good and right’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a statement following having been sworn in for her second term as Attorney General today.
“Serving the people of Arkansas as Attorney General has been a true honor to pursue justice, good and right,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “As we begin the next four years, I remain committed to increasing economic and educational opportunities for our families and keeping our most vulnerable children and seniors safe from predators. I will continue making the State more efficient and effective by expanding services and accessibility while decreasing the budget. On behalf of Boyce, Julianna and me, thank you, Arkansas families, for trusting me with these great responsibilities.”
Rutledge took the oath of office in the Chamber of the Arkansas State Capitol House of Representatives while her parents Keith and Nancy Rutledge, her brother Alan Rutledge and niece Kylie Rutledge as well as several other family members and friends observed from the House Gallery. She was escorted onto the House floor by her husband, Boyce Johnson who held their five-month old daughter Julianna and the family Bible.
In December 2015, Rutledge announced her marriage to Johnson and in July 2018, Rutledge announced the birth of their daughter, Julianna. Rutledge is the first constitutional officer of Arkansas to give birth while holding office, and also the first female and first Republican elected to the Office of Attorney General in Arkansas.
Rutledge joined Governor Asa Hutchinson, Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin, Secretary of State John Thurston, Auditor of State Andrea Lea, Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan and Commissioner of State Lands Tommy Land at today’s inaugural ceremonies.
Rutledge Joins President Trump for Roundtable Discussion on Border Security and Safe CommunitiesFri, Jan 11, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge participated today in a roundtable discussion with President Donald J. Trump on border security, illegal immigration and the dangers facing our communities nationwide that have been created at our southern border.
“President Trump understands that our Nation's security must be a top priority and that Congress must provide funding to protect our borders,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “It is imperative for the United States to restore security and the integrity of our immigration system. Every Arkansan and American is less safe following decades of failed policies, and it is time for Congress to fund not only the border wall, but also new technology and reinforcement for our border patrol agents.”
Rutledge’s top priority as attorney general is keeping Arkansans safe. The southern border is overwhelmed with illegal immigration, gang violence, crime, drugs and human trafficking, which disperse across the United States and into Arkansas. Rural America is particularly impacted because the border crisis has empowered cartels and drug trafficking. Rutledge has worked alongside Arkansas law enforcement leadership to combat the opioid crisis and identify ways to better serve those providing an essential service.
Rutledge Announces Lonoke County Man Sentenced for Possessing Child PornographyThu, Jan 10, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that a Lonoke County man has been sentenced to 15 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction on child pornography charges.
James Christopher Bynum, 47, of Cabot, pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing, distributing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. He was found in possession of numerous images and videos of adult men engaging in sexual intercourse and forced penetration with children as young as 9-10 years old.
“Bynum possessed and shared horrific images of innocent children being victimized,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These victims deserve justice. I am committed to getting these predators out of our neighborhoods where they cannot harm more children.”
Bynum was arrested in March by the Attorney General’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit where special agents seized multiple electronic devices from his residence. An attorney from the Attorney General’s Office was appointed Special Deputy Prosecutor in the case by the 23rd Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Graham.
Rutledge Announces Arrest of Preferred Family Healthcare Therapist for Fraudulently Billing MedicaidTue, Jan 8, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of a mental health therapist at Preferred Family Healthcare (PFH).
Kandice Robinson, 33, of Bartlett, Tenn., is accused of billing the Arkansas Medicaid Program for services not rendered between August 15 and November 1, 2017, totaling about $4,950. Following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, Robinson turned herself in at Pulaski County District Court. She is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class C felony.
“Robinson is another PFH employee accused of lying and charging Medicaid for services she did not provide,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “People cheating the Medicaid system are stealing from taxpayers and hurting the system, which is designed to protect Arkansas’s most vulnerable. I will not tolerate this behavior as the Attorney 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rutledge Settles with Neiman Marcus Over 2013 Data BreachTue, Jan 8, 2019
Arkansas to receive $20,514.17
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she, along with 42 other states and the District of Columbia, have agreed to a $1.5 million settlement with the Neiman Marcus Group LLC to resolve allegations of a 2013 data breach that included credit card information of customers used at 77 Neiman Marcus stores, impacting 514 payment cards associated with known addresses in Arkansas. Arkansas’s share of the settlement funds is $20,514.17.
“Data breaches continue to impact Arkansans, but settlements like this are an opportunity to urge the private sector to make protecting consumers a priority,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The actions taken by Neiman Marcus in this agreement will help to prevent future breaches of their customers’ personal and financial information.”
In January 2014, Neiman Marcus disclosed that payment card data collected at certain stores had been compromised by an unknown third party. The investigation determined that approximately 370,000 payment cards were compromised in the breach, which took place over the course of several months in 2013. At least 9,200 of the cards that were compromised in the breach were used fraudulently.
In addition to the monetary settlement, Neiman Marcus has agreed to a number of injunctive provisions aimed at preventing similar breaches in the future, including:
- Complying with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard requirements;
- Maintaining an appropriate system to collect and monitor its network activity and ensuring logs are regularly reviewed and monitored;
- Maintaining working agreements with two, separate, qualified payment card industry forensic investigators;
- Updating all software associated with maintaining and safeguarding personal information and creating written plans for replacement or maintenance of software that is reaching its end-of-life or end-of-support date;
- Implementing appropriate steps to review industry-accepted payment security technologies relevant to the company's business; and
- Devaluing payment card information, using technologies like encryption and tokenization, to obfuscate payment card data.
Under the settlement, Neiman Marcus is also required to retain a third-party professional to conduct an information security assessment and report and detail any corrective actions that the company may have taken or plans to take as a result of the third-party report.