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    Rutledge Announces Jonesboro Man Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud

    November 28, 2017

    Says, ‘Putting a stop to this type of fraud is a top priority of my office’

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Jonesboro man for Medicaid fraud and theft. Emmett Paul Milam pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to six years probation and must pay $90,941.10 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund, with $10,000 paid immediately, plus a $30,000 fine and exclusion from the Medicaid program for 5 years.

    “Emmett Paul Milam scammed a vital safety net program for vulnerable Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Putting a stop to this type of fraud is a top priority of my office. Attorneys and investigators at the Attorney General’s office continue to investigate these crimes and prosecute those who take advantage of the system and Arkansas residents.

    Milam, 37, of Jonesboro pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class B felony, and one count of theft of property by deception, a Class C felony for submitting fraudulent billings and received payments for services not rendered from 2013-2015. The Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) suspended Milam’s Medicaid provider number after it was used to commit fraud. Milam then began billing using a different Medicaid provider number.

    This case was referred to the MFCU by the OMIG and was prosecuted in cooperation with the Office of the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.

    To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, complete the online form at, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or email

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