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    Rutledge Announces Yell County Woman Sentenced for Healthcare Fraud

    April 6, 2018

    Says, ‘stopping this type of fraud continues to be a top priority’

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a former Yell County Emergency Medical Services employee for theft of property and healthcare fraud. Donna Ward pleaded guilty in Conway County Circuit Court and must pay $250,000 in restitution, of which she has already paid $100,000. Ward was also sentenced to 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction with all but six months suspended, which will be spent in Arkansas Community Correction.

    “Donna Ward and her husband stole from a vital Arkansas program,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Stealing money from the service and from Medicare and Medicaid will not be tolerated in Arkansas. Attorney and investigators at the Attorney General’s office continue to investigate these crimes and stopping this type of fraud continues to be a top priority.”

    Ward, 44, of Belleville pleaded guilty to one count of theft of property, a Class B felony, and one count of healthcare fraud, a Class C felony for stealing money from Yell County Emergency Medical Services and submitting false claims to Medicare and Medicaid.

    This case was investigated in cooperation with Legislative Audit, the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and the Office of Inspector General. It was prosecuted in cooperation with the Office of the 15th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum, II.

    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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