Rutledge Visits All 75 Counties for the Second Time in Two YearsTue, Nov 1, 2016
BATESVILLE – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has conducted roundtables in all of Arkansas’s 75 counties for the second time in two years. Today, she met with local business owners in her hometown of Batesville in Independence County holding the roundtable to hear their concerns about regulations impacting job growth and economic development.
“Arkansans have told me through face-to-face meetings that they are frustrated with government and the burdensome regulations being forced on them,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Whether it is the unlawful rules from the Environmental Protection Agency or the Department of Labor’s new overtime directive, Arkansans want their voices to be heard, and as Attorney General, I will use any means necessary to stop these damaging proposals.”
Rutledge credits launching Roundtables based on a lesson she learned during college when she spent her summers in Independence County flagging traffic for the State highway department. Rutledge says, “I noticed there was sometimes a disconnect between people who worked in the office and those on the road. As Attorney General, I do not want there to be that same disconnect between those who work in the capital city and Arkansans who live in communities around our State.”
Like last year, Rutledge has traveled the State holding a series of roundtables to hear directly from Arkansans including hundreds of small business owners and farmers.
Rutledge hosted 160 roundtables across Arkansas since taking office, including at least two in all 75 counties, with more than 1,500 participants.
Rutledge Part of $41.2 Million Settlement with Hyundai and KiaThu, Oct 27, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has reached a multistate settlement with automakers Hyundai and Kia to resolve allegations that the companies misrepresented the mileage and fuel economy standards on several of their model year 2011, 2012 and 2013 vehicles.
Arkansas will receive $747,798.64 to resolve allegations of consumer protection law violations, which will be deposited into the Consumer Education and Enforcement Fund.
“Arkansans looking to purchase a vehicle have an expectation that the data presented to them by auto manufacturers is accurate,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Hyundai and Kia provided erroneous and misleading information, trying to take advantage of consumers while fuel prices were high. No company can be allowed to get by with this behavior.”
The settlement between the 33 states and the District of Columbia and the Hyundai Motor Co., Hyundai Motor America, Kia Motors Corp. Inc. and Kia Motors America Inc. concludes a multi-state investigation into the companies' business practices relating to fuel economy estimate adjustments that occurred at a time when gasoline prices in the United States were especially high.
State and federal law set limits on emissions from vehicles sold in the U.S. Before vehicles may be offered for sale in the country, auto manufacturers must conduct testing under mandatory protocols set by regulators and use the resulting data to support applications demonstrating their vehicles' conformity to those standards.
In November 2012, Hyundai and Kia announced they were adjusting and restating the fuel economy ratings for certain model year 2011, 2012 and 2013 vehicles after it was revealed that the companies had overstated the fuel standards of certain vehicles.
The states alleged that Hyundai and Kia incorporated the inflated and inaccurate data into the estimated mileage ratings displayed on the window stickers of hundreds of thousands of cars in Arkansas and across the country. The states also suspected that the companies sought to capitalize on the flawed mileage estimates by placing them in a variety of advertisements and other promotional campaigns.
These actions were certainly misleading to consumers and may have influenced consumers' decisions to purchase particular vehicles that claimed to offer better fuel standards than others.
In addition to Arkansas, the multistate group – led by the states of Connecticut, Iowa and Illinois – includes Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for NovemberWed, Oct 26, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for November.
Attorney General Rutledge created the mobile office initiative to make the office accessible to everyone, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. Last year, office hours were held in all 75 counties, marking the first time that the Attorney General’s office has held office hours in each county across the State. Since January, 62 mobile offices have been held in an effort to once again travel to all 75 counties.
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 expanded the services offered at mobile offices to include Prescription Drug Take Back boxes. Rutledge is partnering with local law enforcement agencies across the State who will 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, Nov. 1
10:30 a.m. to noon
Howard County Library
426 N. Main St., Suite 5
Nashville, AR 71852
Monday, Nov. 7
10:30 a.m. to noon
Lafayette County Senior Citizens Center - Stamps
228 Church St.
Stamps, AR 71860
Tuesday, Nov. 8
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Columbia County Nutrition Center
600 Leila St.
Magnolia, AR 71753
Monday, Nov. 14
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fulton County Library
131 S. Pickren St.
Salem, AR 72576
Tuesday, Nov. 15
10:30 a.m. to noon
Sharp County Library
201 Church St.
Hardy, AR 72542
Tuesday, Nov. 29
10:30 a.m. to noon
Calhoun County Library
109 S. 2nd St.
Hampton, AR 71744
Rutledge Announces Arrest of Izard County Man for Medicaid FraudFri, Oct 21, 2016
MELBOURNE – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of a Melbourne man.
Clifton Davis, 51, was arrested by the Izard County Sheriff’s Office and transported to the Izard County Detention Facility on one count of Medicaid fraud. He is accused of signing billing documents for care provided by his wife, totaling more than $10,000, a Class B felony. Pursuant to Medicaid Program regulations, individuals are not allowed to charge Medicaid for providing care to their spouse.
Davis’ wife, Anna Moore, 59, of Melbourne, was arrested this past summer on similar charges and pleaded not guilty in September. An omnibus hearing is scheduled for January.
This case was referred to the Attorney General’s office by the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General.
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.
Wisconsin Attorney General to Keynote Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse SummitTue, Oct 18, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the fifth annual Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit will be held on Nov. 3 at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock and will feature a keynote address from Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel.
The event was established as a training and educational opportunity for law enforcement officers, medical professionals, pharmacists and educators. Members of the general public may also attend and will have the opportunity to hear from other experts regarding prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment.
“Prescription drug abuse is not a looming problem, it is an epidemic that is already impacting our communities every day,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “It is critically important that those working to combat this abuse come together to discuss new and successful tactics. I am grateful that my colleague from Wisconsin will join us in Arkansas to share his efforts to reduce prescription drug abuse.”
Schimel became Attorney General in January 2015. A prosecutor first elected Waukesha County District Attorney in 2006, Schimel aims to continue the fight against heroin, human traffickers, domestic violence and internet predators.
Last year, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, led by Schimel, launched its DOSE OF REALITY: Prevent Prescription Painkiller Abuse in Wisconsin public awareness, education and prevention effort, along with partners from across the state to communicate the risks and dangers of improper painkiller use, storage and disposal and get Wisconsin residents to take action.
The all-day Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit will begin with breakout sessions to discuss resources available in Arkansas for prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment and include a presentation from Michael K. Gottlieb on the growing opioid epidemic. Gottlieb is the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program director in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Rutledge will host a luncheon, which will include the keynote address from Schimel.
The afternoon session will include a presentation from Dr. Amy Hawes, Knox County, Tennessee, medical examiner, on how medical examiners and coroners can help fight this crisis and a presentation from Stephanie Siete, director of public relations for Community Bridges Inc., on the risks associated with vaping and identifying the newest forms of marijuana.
In addition to the Attorney General’s office, the Summit is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Behavioral Health Services, Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, Arkansas State Police, Benton Police Department, Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Office of the State Drug Director, Rotary Clubs of Arkansas, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute.
A complete agenda for the Summit can be found at ArkansasAG.gov.
Rutledge Announces Arrest of Grant County Men for Crimes Involving ChildrenFri, Oct 14, 2016
SHERIDAN – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrests of John Allen and his son David Allen, both of Redfield, on 30 counts each of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony.
John Allen, 57, and David Allen, 29, were both arrested by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit, which was assisted by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. Both are being held in the Sheridan Detention Center on $75,000 bond.
Special agents in the Attorney General’s office began investigating David Allen after agents determined that someone using a computer at the Allen address downloaded sexually explicit material involving children. John Allen was also arrested at the scene.