Rutledge Announces Arrest of Stone County Woman for Medicaid Fraud

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September 19, 2016

MELBOURNE – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of a Mountain View woman by the Izard County Sheriff’s Department.

Ashleigh Shelby, 20, was arrested and held in the Izard County Detention Facility on a $500 bond. She is charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud, a Class A misdemeanor. She is accused of billing for services not rendered in March. Shelby was released after posting bond.

The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated this case in conjunction with the Stone County Sheriff’s Department and Izard County Sheriff’s Department.

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 oag@arkansasag.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 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. 

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