LITTLE ROCK – (RealEstateRama) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of an Izard County man for property theft by deception.
Clifton Davis pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to five years probation and to pay $5,232 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program, $500 in fines and court costs.
“Investigators and attorneys from the Attorney General’s office work each day to investigate and prosecute individuals, like this man, who defraud the system,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Medicaid is a critical safety net for some of the most vulnerable Arkansans, and both Davis and his caregiver took advantage of the program. I will continue to ensure that people attempting to defraud Arkansas taxpayers are held accountable.”
Davis, 51, of Melbourne, pleaded guilty to theft of property by deception, a Class C felony, for marrying his Medicaid caregiver and continuing to receive care, which would make the caregiver ineligible to be paid by the Medicaid program for providing care to Davis. Davis’ co-defendant is scheduled for a hearing June 5.
This case was initiated by a referral from the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and was prosecuted in coordination with the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.
To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, complete the online form at ArkansasAG.gov, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or email oag (at) arkansasag (dot) gov.
About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. She is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office. Since taking office, she has begun a Mobile Office program, a Military and Veterans Initiative, a Metal Theft Prevention program and a Cooperative Disability Investigations program. She has led efforts to teach internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge also serves as Vice Chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association and re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture.
A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for Gov. Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and subsequently was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.