Thursday, December 2, 2021

From Lovebirds to Jailbirds

An Arkansas couple has pleaded guilty to attempting to fraudulently secure COVID-19 relief funds. James Read, 44, and his wife, Crystal Payne, 42, both of Mountain Home, Ark., admitted in federal court to attempting to secure Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans they did not...


Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the conviction of a Pocola, Oklahoma man for Medicaid fraud. Shawn Howard pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC), with an additional 15 years suspended.

Miniscule or Massive?

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Little Rock woman for theft. Jene Wyatt pleaded guilty in Pulaski County District Court and has paid $1,438.56 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund. Wyatt will pay the same amount in fines to the General Fund of the State of Arkansas. “Jene Wyatt took advantage of an important safety net for vulnerable Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Investigators and attorneys at the Attorney General’s office continue to work diligently to stop this type of fraud.”

The Honeymoon’s Over

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of an Izard County woman for marrying a patient she was caring for, which would make her ineligible to be paid by the Medicaid program, and continuing to provide care.

Dirty Politicians

Normally, knowing the right people and having the right connections can help a company flourish.  (That is if your connections are not corrupt politicians, fellow fraudsters, or greedy businessmen.) The Medicaid scandal that is rocking Little Rock, Arkansas involves former Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson and...

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Many genes can filter down through generations of families. Some family members might end up with hazel eyes, thick hair, or height that can contribute to a college basketball scholarship, while others might find themselves with less desirable genes that contribute to receding hairlines....

COVID Feature: Caught, Charged, Convicted, and Sentenced

Can you believe that it has been nearly a year since Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act? (Either time flies when you’re having fun or more realistically, it comes to a standstill when a pandemic takes over the world.) The...

This Little Piggy Goes to Prison

A Little Rock Arkansas woman was sentenced in March 2021 to 41 months in prison for COVID-19 fraud. In April 2020, Ganell Tubbs applied for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, claiming that her company, Suga Girl Customs, paid nearly $1.4 in compensation during...

COVID Feature: Loaning Myself Some Money

 A Little Rock, Ark., woman was sentenced to time in federal prison after fraudulently obtaining nearly $2 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, which were intended to provide relief for small businesses affected by COVID-19. (Not relieve the strain on her pocketbook.) Ganell...

No Services Rendered

An Arkansas-based speech therapist has pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud for billing the state health insurance program in the names of children who did not receive services. The 44-year-old woman, who owns a speech therapy clinic in Benton, billed the program for more than $64,000...
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