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Rutledge Announces March Mobile Office Schedule

Rutledge Announces March Mobile Office Schedule

Mon, Feb 25, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for March.

Attorney General Rutledge created this initiative during her first year in office to increase office accessibility for all Arkansans, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. Office hours were held in all 75 counties each year during her first term, assisting 3,300 Arkansans.

Rutledge believes face-to-face conversations are the best way to truly hear from Arkansans. The Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents with consumer related issues by filing consumer complaints against scam artists as well as answering questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents.

Rutledge continues her partnerships with the Cooperative Extension Service and local law enforcement across Arkansas. Law enforcement officials will be on hand to collect unused and expired prescription medications to ensure they are secured and properly disposed. Arkansans are encouraged to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile office. During Rutledge’s first term, over 618 pounds of medications were collected at mobile offices.

For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s office, visit or call (501) 682-2007. Rutledge can also be found on Facebook at and on Twitter at

The upcoming mobile office schedule is below:

Calhoun County

Tuesday, March 5

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Calhoun County Nutrition Center

1120 Prestress Drive

Hampton, AR 71744

Howard County

Thursday, March 7

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Howard County Senior Citizens Center

206 E. Howard St.

Nashville, AR 71852

Pulaski County

Friday, March 8

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

West Central Community Center

4521 John Barrow Road

Little Rock, AR 72204

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Donaghey Student Center (200A)

3259 S. University Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72204

Cross County

Tuesday, March 12

10:30 a.m. to noon

Cross County Courthouse

705 E. Union St.

Wynne, AR 72396

Pope County

Wednesday, March 13

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Arkansas Tech University

Chamber Cafeteria

204 W. O St.

Russellville, AR 72801

Jefferson County

Thursday, March 14

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service

500 Idaho St.

Pine Bluff, AR 71601

Dallas County

Tuesday, March 19

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Dallas County Cooperative Extension Service

203 N. Clifton St.

Fordyce, AR 71742

Cleveland County

Thursday, March 21

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Rison Senior Citizens Center

#50 I.E. Moore Drive

Rison, AR 71665

Madison County

Tuesday, March 26

10:30 a.m. to noon

Madison County Senior Activity and Wellness Center

903 N. College St.

Huntsville, AR 72740

Van Buren County

Thursday, March 28

10:30 a.m. to noon

Van Buren County Aging Program

311 Yellowjacket Lane

Clinton, AR 72031

Rutledge Issues Statement on President Trump’s Declaration to Secure America’s Southern Border

Rutledge Issues Statement on President Trump’s Declaration to Secure America’s Southern Border

Fri, Feb 15, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today issued the following statement in support of President Donald J. Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border.

“From day one, President Trump has been committed to securing America’s southern border and today he honored that promise,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Following decades of failed policies, I support these efforts to restore security and integrity to our immigration system.”

Rutledge Congratulates U.S. Attorney General William Barr

Rutledge Congratulates U.S. Attorney General William Barr

Thu, Feb 14, 2019

Says ‘I look forward to working closely with him’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge congratulates President Donald J. Trump’s nominee William (Bill) Barr on his confirmation for U.S Attorney General.

“Attorney General Bill Barr is an excellent addition to President Trump’s administration with his longstanding dedication to public service and the rule of law. I look forward to working closely with him and the Department of Justice to defend and protect Americans and our Constitution.”

Rutledge Files Suit Against Owner of J Boys Blacktop

Rutledge Files Suit Against Owner of J Boys Blacktop

Thu, Feb 14, 2019

‘Our most vulnerable need protection against scam artists’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today filed suit against Allen K. Jeffery, owner of J Boys Blacktop, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas for violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Home Solicitation Sales Act.

“Businesses in this State must understand they cannot take advantage of hard working Arkansans,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “Consumers, especially our most vulnerable need protection against scam artists who steal their money and break their promises. I will do everything in my power to resolve these scams for Arkansans. If you or a family member have experienced less than satisfactory business dealings with Mr. Jeffery or his business please contact my office immediately.”

Jeffery’s company solicited business by knocking on the doors of Arkansas consumers and offering to repair their sidewalks and driveways with leftover asphalt or cement from other contracts. Attorney General Rutledge’s Consumer Protection Division received six consumer complaints since January 2016, where consumers reported that each paid Jeffery for work and that either no work was performed, only partial work was performed, or the work purportedly finished was completely unsatisfactory. In addition, Jeffery used high pressure sales tactics to persuade elderly consumers to pay an excessive amount of money before leaving them with unrepaired driveways and avoiding the customer’s phone calls.

In March 2017, the Attorney General of Kansas issued an Order of Default Judgment against Mr. Jeffery, owner of J Boys Blacktop, and there is an ongoing government action against him in Oklahoma for similar allegations.

Attorney General Rutledge is requesting restitution, enhanced civil penalties, injunctive relief and demands a jury trial.

65-Year Sentence for Possession of 1,000 Child Porn Videos

65-Year Sentence for Possession of 1,000 Child Porn Videos

Wed, Feb 13, 2019

Rutledge Says, 'committed to removing evil people from our neighborhoods'

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that a Pulaski County man has been sentenced to 65 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction on child pornography charges.

Thomas Mullikin, 57, of Little Rock, pleaded guilty to seven counts of distributing, possessing, and viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. He was found in possession of more than 1,000 videos and images of adult men engaging in sexual intercourse and penetration with girls as young as 3 years old.

“I am committed to removing evil people from our neighborhoods,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Mullikin possessed more than 1,000 horrific videos involving the rape of small, innocent children. I will ensure that he and others who engage in this repulsive conduct are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

Mullikin was arrested in May 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.

ICYMI: Stop the unwanted robocalls

ICYMI: Stop the unwanted robocalls

Mon, Feb 11, 2019

Rutledge says, ‘I will take all measures necessary to advocate on behalf of Arkansans to stop these calls and prosecute those responsible.’

LITTLE ROCK – Sunday, an op-ed written by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, calling for the federal government to do more to stop illegal caller ID spoofing and robocalls.

The phone rings and rings and rings. The number on my caller ID looks familiar, but I know better. It is another robocall. I could scream ... and I just might! Just like every other Arkansan, I just want these calls to end immediately.

For each of the past four years, I have visited every county in Arkansas, and the most common complaint I hear is that people want these calls to stop. They are tired of the incessant and pestering robocalls and spoofing.

Spoofing is when a fake but familiar-looking number is displayed on your caller ID that tricks you into answering the call. And while these calls are frustrating for most, they are costly and dangerous for far too many of our families, friends and neighbors.

Hard-working Arkansans who spent years saving for retirement so they could travel, spoil grandkids or buy a couple of momma cows to add to their herd become prime targets for these low-life con artists. People with no values or integrity prey on those who were raised right and want to always do the right thing.

These cons make outrageous claims: "I'm calling from the IRS because you owe back taxes and law enforcement will be there to arrest you if you don't make a payment this second"; or "You haven't paid your electric bill and I'm shutting the lights off unless you pay over the phone right now." Or they take advantage of the love of family: "Grandma, this is your favorite grandchild, and I am in jail out of state and you have to pay right now to get me out of here."

As your attorney general, let me be clear: These are all scams!

Spoofing is illegal in Arkansas, but it still happens, and Arkansans feel they have no way to protect themselves. Law enforcement investigates and prosecutes these crooks routinely. Unfortunately, the sheer volume of spoofed robocalls originating out of country turns efforts to identify the source into a perpetual game of whack-a-mole as different phone numbers are continuously used. My job as attorney general is to protect Arkansans, which is why I am taking this problem directly to the providers: the telecommunication companies.

According to First Orion, a call-blocking company based in Little Rock, nearly half of all cellphone calls in the next year will come from scammers. This is unacceptable. Every telephone call passes through a telecommunication service--a "telecom.

Regulatory roadblocks had previously prevented telecoms from having the legal authority to block many illegal calls. In 2017, I successfully urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to authorize telecoms to block illegal calls from invalid numbers, unassigned numbers and numbers whose owners have requested blocking. Telecom service providers have the authority to stop these never-ending robocalls, but they are not taking the necessary steps to verify whether a number is valid or a spoof. Consumers are so fed up with these calls that they would flock to a phone company that blocked all suspected robocalls involving a spoofed caller ID.

Telecom service providers can no longer have a free pass. It's time to put pressure on these companies and demand action. Telecoms must be required to block spoofed calls automatically.

Blocking spoofed calls is one part of a multi-faceted strategic solution. During this legislative session, I am working to strengthen our state laws to silence these calls. And I am on the 37-state Robocall Technology Working Group to develop best practices for the telecom industry to prevent robocalls and prosecute the originator of these calls.

I do not dismiss the technological challenges involved in this effort. Neither do I diminish the ability of the telecoms to identify and prevent these calls. I will take all measures necessary to advocate on behalf of Arkansans to stop these calls and prosecute those responsible.

This problem is not limited to our state. There is also legislation in Congress to increase the enforcement powers of the FCC to deal with unlawful robocalls. I will remain on the front lines of this effort, pushing these measures through Congress and to President Trump's desk. I will urge the FCC to implement rules to remove obstacles that would allow telecom service providers to use new and existing technology to detect and block illegal spoofed calls.

I am taking the fight to the criminals, the telecoms, the FCC, the Department of Justice and to the White House.

Arkansans are fed up, and so am I. It is time to stop the calls.

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