Thursday, December 2, 2021

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.”

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...

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...

Dependent on Fraud

Under the Arkansas Medicaid program, the Independent Choices Program offers in-home care services to eligible beneficiaries. This program supports a more independent lifestyle by enabling participants to have a wider range of personal choice over who they hire, while offering more financial control over...

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...

Selfish Betrayal

Many immigrants to the United States seek assistance with legal citizenship through family connections or through jobs. If eligibility requirements are met, immigrants have to obtain an approved visa petition from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) filed by a sponsor, such as...

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...

Psyching Out Fraud

In modern terms, the phrase ''psyched out'' can refer to ''being excited'' about something. (Someone could be ''psyched out'' about an upcoming vacation to the Bahamas.) The term ''psyched out'' can also mean ''to be intimidated.'' (A sports team could be ''psyched out'' because...

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.

When It Rains, It Pours

In Fayetteville, Ark., Amanda Dawn Rains, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, health care fraud, fraud to obtain federal employees’ compensation, and illegal remunerations (paying kickbacks). (When fraud rains, it pours.) The former billing director for a...
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