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Attorney General Griffin Recruits Experienced Medicaid Fraud Prosecutor Harrelson to Lead Medicaid and Disability Fraud Division

Griffin: ‘Tammy’s experience as a prosecutor and handling Medicaid fraud cases will strengthen our Division and help protect the elderly from abuse and taxpayers from fraudsters’

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Tim Griffin released the following statement announcing that Deputy Attorney General Tammera Harrelson will lead the Medicaid and Disability Fraud Division:

“Tammy Harrelson is the perfect choice to lead our Medicaid and Disability Fraud Division. She brings years of experience fighting Medicaid fraud back to the Attorney General’s Office from the Arkansas Office of Medicaid Inspector General. Tammy’s experience as a prosecutor and handling Medicaid fraud cases will strengthen our Division and help protect the elderly from abuse and taxpayers from fraudsters.”

Harrelson is from Morrilton and has 33 years of legal experience. Harrelson received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Hendrix College in Conway and received her Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She previously served as Senior Assistant Attorney General from 2016-2018, where she was responsible for criminal and civil prosecutions of providers committing Medicaid fraud. She subsequently served as Chief Counsel for the Arkansas Office of Medicaid Inspector General, where she was responsible for providing legal counsel and representing the agency in legal proceedings.

About Attorney General Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin was elected attorney general of Arkansas on November 8, 2022. He was elected lieutenant governor of Arkansas on November 4, 2014, and was re-elected for his second four-year term on November 6, 2018. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway, and Tulane Law School in New Orleans. He attended graduate school at Oxford University. Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps for over 25 years and currently holds the rank of colonel. In 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault in Mosul, Iraq). He is currently serving as the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) for the 81st Readiness Division at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Prior to his current post, Griffin served as the Commander of the 134th Legal Operations Detachment (LOD) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and a senior legislative advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. Griffin holds a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife, Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their three children.