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Rutledge Announces Medicaid Fraud Arrest of Mississippi County Woman

Sat, Aug 1, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of a Mississippi County woman by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Lenisha Nicole Daniels, 31, of Blytheville, was arrested on one count of Medicaid fraud. On Monday, July 27, she turned herself into the Pulaski County Jail where she posted bond and was released. Daniels is accused of billing the Arkansas Medicaid Program $1,900 for Medicaid services she did not perform. Plea and arraignment hearings will be set in Pulaski County District Court at a later date.

Medicaid fraud occurs when Medicaid providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled.

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Medicaid Fraud Convictions Announced

Attorney General Announces Medicaid Fraud Convictions

Thu, Jul 30, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the convictions of a Jefferson County woman and a Mississippi County woman for Medicaid fraud. The two women pleaded guilty in unrelated cases in the Pulaski County Courts. Each will serve a period of probation and pay restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program and fines totaling over $7,000. Additionally, the Medicaid fraud convictions will be reported to federal authorities and may result in the defendants being excluded from participation as providers in the Medicaid and Medicare program for a period of up to 10 years.

“These convictions demonstrate the commitment of the Attorney General’s Office to combatting fraud in the Medicaid system,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Medicaid fraud special investigators are working to detect individuals and organizations that are scamming the system or failing to provide all appropriate care to patients and clients dependent on the Arkansas Medicaid program.”

On Tuesday, Lucy Blackmon, 34, of Pine Bluff pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud, a Class A misdemeanor. Blackmon billed the Arkansas Medicaid Program for home health services while the patient was in the hospital. She was ordered to pay restitution of $233.28 and fines totaling $1,199.84.

On Wednesday, Linda Hunt, 55, of Blytheville pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud, a Class C felony. Hunt billed the Arkansas Medicaid Program for services she did not provide. She was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $5,318.25 in restitution and $918.75 in fines. She paid $5,000 of the restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Trust Fund at the time of sentencing.

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Lee Rudofsky as Solicitor General

Rutledge Welcomes Lee Rudofsky as State’s First Solicitor General

Thu, Jul 30, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the hiring of Lee Rudofsky as the State’s first solicitor general. Rudofsky comes to the Attorney General’s Office from Walmart where he has served as an assistant general counsel since 2014.

“I am truly excited to welcome Lee as the State’s first solicitor general,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Lee brings a wealth of experience and expertise from the public and private sectors, as well as being one of the top litigators in the country. Arkansas was one of only a few States without a solicitor general, and as part of my commitment to make the Attorney General’s Office the top law firm in the State, I felt the position was needed to assist with the growing number of large multi-state consumer protection cases and the increasing appellate matters at the State and national levels. Lee is a highly respected attorney across the legal profession, and the State is truly fortunate that he has chosen to bring his talents to the Attorney General’s Office. I am confident that he will work every day to uphold the rule of law and improve the lives of Arkansans.”

“I am humbled by the confidence of Attorney General Rutledge,” said Solicitor General Rudofsky. “I look forward to joining Attorney General Rutledge as she protects Arkansans from criminals and scam artists and pushes back against an overreaching federal government. It is an honor to serve Arkansans as the State’s first solicitor general.”

Rudofsky, a native of New York, is a 2005 graduate of Harvard Law School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Public Administration from Cornell University in 2001 and 2002, respectively. Prior to assuming the role of assistant general counsel for Walmart, Rudofsky spent several years at the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP litigating complex commercial and constitutional cases. In 2009, while at Kirkland & Ellis, Rudofsky was an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law where he taught a seminar on environmental and administrative law. In 2012, he served as deputy general counsel for Romney for President Inc. He was also deputy general counsel to the Steve Poizner for Governor 2010 campaign. His clerkships have included the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, Office of Counsel to the Governor of Massachusetts and Office of Counsel to the President of the United States during the George W. Bush administration. Rudofsky currently resides in Bentonville, but he will be relocating to the central Arkansas area soon.

Rutledge testified before the Arkansas General Assembly Joint Budget Subcommittee on Personnel on March 10 to request approval for the reclassification of a current position to solicitor general. The subcommittee unanimously passed the reclassification. The position does not increase the number of authorized employees at the Attorney General’s Office and did not increase the requested appropriation.

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Mobile Office Locations for the Beginning of August

Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for the Beginning of August

Wed, Jul 29, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for the beginning of August.

Attorney General Rutledge created the mobile office initiative to make the office accessible to everyone, particularly to those who live outside the capital city.

The mobile offices assist constituents with consumer related issues in filing consumer complaints against scam artists. Attorney General Rutledge believes there is no issue too small for her staff to have a face-to-face conversation.

For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s Office, visit ArkansasAG.gov or call 501-682-2007 or 800-482-8982. 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:

El Dorado

Tuesday, Aug. 4

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Champagnolle Landing Senior Center

910 Champagnolle Road

El Dorado, AR 71730

Camden

Tuesday, Aug. 4

2 – 4 p.m.

Southwest Arkansas Development Council Office

465 Columbia Ave.

Camden, AR 71701

Harrison

Thursday, Aug. 6

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Boone County Senior Activity and Wellness Center

1516 Rock Springs Road

Harrison, AR 72601

Marshall

Thursday, Aug. 6

2 – 4 p.m.

Marshall City Hall

102 College St.

Marshall, AR 72650

Walnut Ridge

Tuesday, Aug. 11

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Walnut Ridge City Hall

300 W. Main St.

Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

Newport

Tuesday, Aug. 11

2 – 4 p.m.

Newport City Hall

615 3rd St.

Newport, AR 72112

Melbourne

Thursday, Aug. 13

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Melbourne Community Building

63 Municipal Drive

Melbourne, AR 72556

Mountain View

Thursday, Aug. 13

2 – 4 p.m.

Mountain View Senior Center

210 School Ave.

Mountain View, AR 72560

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13th Annual Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit

Rutledge Announces 13th Annual Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit

Tue, Jul 28, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the 13th annual Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit will be Oct. 6 and 7. The event, which will be held at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, was established to offer free training and educational opportunities for Arkansas’s law enforcement community.

For the first time in the event’s history, Rutledge is expanding the Summit to two days. A full schedule and list of speakers will be announced at a later date.

Oct. 6 will highlight the Attorney General’s Special Investigations Division and the Office’s law enforcement initiatives. The second day will feature high-caliber presentations from renowned presenters as well as the annual awards and recognition luncheon.

Rutledge is also accepting nominations for the 2015 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officers of the Year Awards.

These awards recognize one municipal, county or state law enforcement officer from each of the four congressional districts. The Attorney General will also select the overall Arkansas Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

“As the chief law enforcement officer of the State, it is my honor to recognize the men and women who put their lives on the line daily to protect our communities,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These awards acknowledge individuals who perform above and beyond in the line of duty, and I look forward to honoring these brave officers at this year’s Law Enforcement Summit.”

The award winners will be announced at the luncheon on Oct. 7.

Nominations must be received by Friday, Aug. 14. Nomination forms can be found here.

Registration for the Law Enforcement Summit is open and can be accessed at ArkansasAG.gov.

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Electronic Media Marketing Group Inc. Judgement

Rutledge Obtains Judgment Against Electronic Media Marketing Group Inc.

Tue, Jul 28, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she has obtained a judgment against New Jersey-based Electronic Media Marketing Group Inc., an online advertiser, for violations of consumer protection laws when it coerced Arkansas businesses into paying for services the businesses did not authorize.

In the judgment, Electronic Media Marketing Group Inc. must cease any collection attempts or telemarketing calls in the State. The group must pay a total of $190,000 in civil penalties to the State and $4,500 in attorneys’ fees.

“This company used illegal and threatening tactics to steal money from Arkansas businesses for a service they did not want and in many instances had never heard of in the first place,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Con artists like this are not welcome in Arkansas, and I am pleased that this company will no longer be doing business in our State.”

Electronic Media Marketing Group Inc., which operates as General Yellow Pages, was accused of violating the federal Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act, the federal Telemarketing Sales Rule and the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

In the original complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Little Rock in Feb. 2014, the company was accused of attempting to convince business owners that the businesses had agreed to a “free trial” of advertising, and because the service was not affirmatively canceled, they were obligated to pay hundreds of dollars for an additional year of advertising services. The defendant would then send $599.95 invoices to the businesses. The businesses never agreed to a “free trial” or sought advertising from General Yellow Pages, according to the suit.

The Directory Listing Scam, as this is most commonly referred to, is a scam that hits small and medium-sized businesses, churches, schools and nonprofit organizations regularly. According to the Federal Trade Commission, scammers call claiming to "verify" or “confirm” contact information for listings in a business directory. The listing does not exist, but the employee who picked up the phone does not know that. Persuasive callers convince the employee into saying yes.

Next, the scammers send urgent invoices that might include the “walking fingers” logo and the Yellow Pages name. In many cases, the person paying the bills will simply cut a check, not realizing that the company never agreed to pay the hefty fee for the directory. When a business disregards the invoice, the scammers make calls and send collection notices, piling on late fees and other penalties.

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division received multiple complaints from Arkansas businesses about General Yellow Pages’ practices, which led to the lawsuit being filed.

A copy of the final judgment can be found here.

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