Rutledge’s Statement on Federal Court’s Decision Upholding Arkansas’s Lethal Injection ProtocolMon, Jun 1, 2020
Says, ‘Today’s final judgment reaffirms the constitutionality of Arkansas’s execution protocol’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a statement following the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas’s decision upholding the constitutionality of Arkansas’s three-drug lethal injection. That protocol uses midazolam, vercuronium bromide, and potassium chloride. For years, convicted murderers and death-penalty opponents have waged a legal battle against Arkansas’s lethal injection protocol to prevent just and lawful sentences from being carried out. The decision follows Rutledge’s previous successful defense of that protocol on appeal in April 2017.
“As the Attorney General, I enforce the laws in the State and bring justice for families who have long been devastated at the hands of these murderers,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Today’s final judgment reaffirms the constitutionality of Arkansas’s execution protocol.”
Rutledge Announces Arrest of Saline County Resident on Child Pornography ChargesMon, Jun 1, 2020
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of David Jefferson Brown of Benton on 20 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a class C felony. Rutledge’s Office has seen a drastic uptick in activity from cyber predators targeting children online during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Attorney General’s cyber crimes agents have been aggressively investigating each lead they receive.
Brown, 44, turned himself in to the Saline County Jail after agents from the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit discovered sexually explicit files shared by him through a peer to peer network. The full affidavit can be viewed here.
Agents seized a computer hard drive, flash drive and a cell phone from the residence. The casefile will be turned in to Saline County Prosecutor Chris Walton once it is completed.
Rutledge Issues Statement on Little Rock ProtestsSat, May 30, 2020
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge tonight issued a statement following the protests in Little Rock related to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.
“Every American deserves justice, and I will always defend and protect our right to protest peacefully; however, we cannot tolerate violence and destruction. Arkansans, now is the time for civil discourse and not civil unrest,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
Rutledge Sues Unlicensed Northwest Construction Business for Failing to Complete WorkThu, May 28, 2020
Says, ‘When businesses take consumers’ money and agree to do a job, they have to follow through’
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today she is filing a lawsuit against Alma resident, Laura Anne Jones and her business Purple Hat Construction, LLC for violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (ADTPA). The lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court alleges that in several instances between April 2019 and January 2020, Jones offered residential contractor services to consumers, obtained money before performing those services, and failed to complete those services. Jones has never been licensed by the Arkansas Contractors Board as a residential contractor.
“When businesses take consumers’ money and agree to do a job, they have to follow through,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I will not tolerate businesses taking advantage of Arkansans or accepting money from deceptive practices, nor will I tolerate businesses who try to skirt the law by not registering with licensing boards.”
Jones, doing business at Purple Hat Construction, contracted with customers in northwest Arkansas for home repair projects, requiring a large deposit upfront to reserve the date for work to be done. Upon the scheduled date to begin the project or shortly after the work began, Jones would contact the homeowner with excuses making her unavailable to complete the work and unable to provide a refund. Violations of the ADTPA can be assessed up to $10,000 per violation.
Rutledge is now seeking restitution for harmed consumers, civil penalties, an injunction and other costs and fees incurred by the State of Arkansas in resolving this issue for consumers.
If you are a consumer who has been impacted by similar actions or any other contractor, Rutledge encourages you to contact the Attorney General’s Office at (800) 482-8982 or visit www.ArkansasAG.gov.
Rutledge: Lowe’s to Allocate 10,000 Face Masks to Arkansans in Nursing Homes and Grocery Store EmployeesThu, May 21, 2020
Says, ‘Thank you, Lowe’s, for working with my office to make sure Arkansans have essential resources’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is proud to announce home improvement retailer Lowe’s will deliver 10,000 N95 face masks to nursing homes and grocery store employees throughout Arkansas. Lowe’s will deliver 8,000 face masks to the Arkansas Health Care Association and 2,000 to the Arkansas Grocers & Retail Merchants Association who will distribute the masks throughout the State.
“Many Arkansans continue to work in high-risk environments to protect our most vulnerable loved ones and ensure our State’s daily needs are met, but they are also putting their own health and safety on the line,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Thank you, Lowe’s, for working with my office to make sure Arkansans have essential resources to protect themselves.”
"We are thankful to Lowe's for their commitment to supplying protective face masks," said Rachel Bunch, executive director at AHCA. "Our staff has remained dedicated to providing the best care to our residents. These face masks will allow our staff to continue to stay protected while caring for the states most vulnerable. We appreciate the recognition of our vulnerable population and workers by General Rutledge."
Since the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration on March 11, Rutledge has allocated $1 million to the State to acquire personal protective equipment for medical personnel, $3 million to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Quick Action Loan Program for small businesses and facilitated the donation of thousands of N95 facemasks to law enforcement and first responders. Rutledge has worked with Walmart, Amazon, eBay and Facebook to combat price gouging and the Attorney General’s Office has received almost 19,800 phone calls on price gouging and related scams.
Arkansans needing to report price gouging or scams should visit the Attorney General’s Office at ArkansasAG.gov or call (800) 482-8982.
Rutledge Files Lawsuit against Dentist Stealing From Medicaid and Performing Unnecessary Procedures on ChildrenThu, May 21, 2020
Says, ‘appalling for anyone, especially for someone in the medical field working with children’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a lawsuit today against Brian C. Moore of Maumelle and Brown-Stingfellow, D.D.S., a dental practice in North Little Rock known as Capital Dental Center, for engaging in a long-running scheme to fraudulently bill the Medicaid program and violating the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by performing unnecessary and bogus procedures on susceptible Arkansas children and young adults ages 2 to 21. In January 2019, Rutledge announced Dr. Moore was arrested on Medicaid fraud charges for making false statements on billing records to the Arkansas Medicaid Program.
“Moore’s actions are appalling for anyone, especially for someone in the medical field who works with children,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I urge Arkansans who observe questionable Medicaid billing for health services to contact my office immediately in order to stop this type of corruption and help our most vulnerable.”
Moore only treated children eligible for Medicaid whose caregivers had been misled regarding the treatment their children would receive. The dental work was often unnecessary and involved invasive work such as drilling on the children’s teeth. Additionally, in some cases, children who needed dental procedures were seen by Moore who billed Medicaid for the procedures, but the children’s dental work never happened.
The dental practice also employed van drivers, who served to recruit patients in exchange for a share of the profits and drove the children to and from appointments. The van drivers presented consent forms to schools that allowed the children to be checked out of school. At least one parent reports that her signature was forged. Neither the dental practice nor Moore appropriately notified parents when their children were being transported by these unlicensed and unregulated van drivers.
These allegations, along with multiple others listed in the complaint, are violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (ADTPA). The Attorney General’s Office is seeking an injunction, restitution for consumers, civil penalties and other relief against Moore and Brown-Stringfellow. They face up to a $10,000 fine for each violation.
For more tips to help avoid falling victim to bad actors, or to file a consumer-related claim with the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, call (800) 482-8982, email email@example.com or visit ArkansasAG.gov. Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled. To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.