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    Rutledge Announces Phillips County Man Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud

    December 7, 2017

    Says, ‘Brett Ford scammed an important program’

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Helena-West Helena man for Medicaid fraud. Brett Ford pleaded no contest in Pulaski County District Court and must pay $933.12 in fines to the General Fund to the State of Arkansas and $311.04 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund.

    “Investigators and attorneys at the Attorney General’s office continue to investigate and prosecute these crimes,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Brett Ford scammed an important program, which is relied on by some of the most vulnerable Arkansans. I will continue to make it a top priority of my office to stop this type of fraud.”

    Ford, 35, of Helena-West Helena pleaded no contest to one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class A misdemeanor for billing for services during the time that the Medicaid recipient was hospitalized in August 2015.

    This case was referred to the MFCU by the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General 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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