Rutledge Announces Arrest of Little Rock Man for Medicaid FraudFri, Jun 29, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of a Pulaski County man for scamming $2.2 million from the Arkansas Medicaid Program.
“Robin Raveendran, a known Medicaid expert, knew how to exploit the program for self benefit,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “He took advantage of a system which provides important care to Arkansans by misrepresenting more than 20,000 services totaling over $2 million. As Attorney General, it is important for me to hold criminals accountable in order to deter future fraud within the Medicaid system.”
Robin Raveendran, 62, of Little Rock, was arrested by agents with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Thursday night, and transported to Independence County. He is charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud, one Class A felony and one Class B felony. He is accused of coordinating an effort which reimbursed his company for 20,109 illegally billed mental health services for a total of $2,277,816.05 from January 1, 2015 to October 19, 2017.
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 email@example.com.
Arkansans can report public corruption to the Public Integrity Division by calling 833-45-TRUST (833-458-7878) or email ARTrust@arkansasag.gov.
Rutledge Announces Formation of Public Integrity DivisionWed, Jun 27, 2018
2 investigators assigned – will join Public Corruption Task Force
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the creation of the Public Integrity Division of the Special Investigations Department at the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.
“Not only will this new Division punish violations of the public trust and compensate the loss of taxpayer funds through fines and restitution, it will join the FBI and Arkansas State Police in the Public Corruption Task Force,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “You do not check your ethics at the door when you take a position of public trust. When people abuse the public’s trust to steal from Arkansans, they must be held accountable for their actions.”
“We stand committed to the citizens of Arkansas in our efforts to reduce and eradicate public corruption in our state,” said Diane Upchurch, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Little Rock, “This new partnership between our agencies will help strengthen our commitments to the citizens of Arkansas to root out those individuals involved in public corruption.”
Attorney General Rutledge is using the already existing structure of the Special Investigations Department and assigning two additional law enforcement officers to work exclusively on public integrity issues. These positions are open investigator positions within the office’s existing budget.
The Public Corruption Task Force is leveraging the best assets of the Attorney General’s office, the FBI and State Police. The Attorney General’s office is designated by law with the statewide law enforcement jurisdiction and authority to prosecute corruption in conjunction with local prosecutors.
Rutledge Applauds SCOTUS Ruling Protecting Public Employees’ First Amendment RightsWed, Jun 27, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge applauded the Supreme Court of the United States decision in Janus v. AFSCME.
“The United States Supreme Court has once again stood up for the First Amendment and against forcing public employees to pay money to unions that promote political messages and workplace policies with which those employees disagree,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I was pleased to submit an amicus brief to the Court on this significant case and was very glad to learn the Court agreed with our arguments.”
Rutledge: SCOTUS Finds Travel Suspension LawfulTue, Jun 26, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is praising the Supreme Court’s decision in support of President Donald J. Trump’s travel suspension executive order.
“President Trump’s executive order was lawful and the President properly exercised his authority when he suspended the entry of non-citizens from some countries into America to keep her citizens safe” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I was pleased to join this successful and significant amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in support of the President and the authority Congress specifically granted to the President to suspend the entry of illegal immigrants for the sake of national security. America is a country of laws and as Attorney General I will continue to defend the rule of law.”
Rutledge Praises SCOTUS Decision in Support of Free SpeechTue, Jun 26, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled with the National Institution of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA). The case centered around the State of California’s attempt to stifle NIFLA’s freedom of speech by compelling the pro-life organization to promote abortion services. California tried to require pregnancy centers that do not perform abortions to notify individuals about abortions offered by outside facilities.
“Today’s decision is a decisive win for the freedom of speech of all Americans, and a strong message that liberal states must stop trying to force people to support abortion against their conscience. I am pleased to have played a part in this victory by submitting a brief to the United States Supreme Court and speaking around Arkansas and the country on this incredibly important issue.”
Rutledge Sets July Mobile Office LocationsMon, Jun 25, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for July.
Attorney General Rutledge created this initiative during her first year in office to make the office accessible to everyone, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. Office hours were held in all 75 counties in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and assisted nearly 1,000 Arkansans last year.
Rutledge believes in face-to-face conversations 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.
This year, the Cooperative Extension Service will be on hand at each mobile office to also provide information on the services it provides statewide.
Rutledge continues her partnership with local law enforcement across Arkansas to offer prescription drug take back boxes at each mobile office. 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:
Tuesday, July 10
10:30 a.m. – noon
Carroll County Senior Activity & Wellness Center
202 W. Madison Ave.
Berryville, AR 72616
Thursday, July 12
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Patterson Senior Life Center
303 W. Cache St.
Patterson, AR 72123
Thursday, July 19
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Van Matre Senior Activity & Wellness Center
1101 Spring St.
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Tuesday, July 24
10:30 a.m. – noon
Clay County Cooperative Extension Service - Piggott
148 E. Main St.
Piggott, AR 72454
Thursday, July 26
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Fort Smith Senior Activity Center
2700 Cavanaugh Road
Fort Smith, AR 72908
Tuesday, July 31
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Marion County Senior Activity & Wellness Center
5966 Highway 202 E.
Flippin, AR 72634