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The Rutledge Report June 2020

Why Do You Wear Your Mask?

I wear my mask to keep my family safe and protect my (almost!) two year old daughter. We Arkansans have to do everything we can to keep each other safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. Why do you wear your mask?


Rutledge Sues Jim Bakker for Peddling Colloidal Silver Products to Cure COVID-19

Attorney General Rutledge filed a lawsuit against Morningside Church Productions, Inc., which conducts business as The Jim Bakker Show, as well as Jim Bakker and Sherrill Sellman, for falsely telling Arkansas consumers that colloidal silver products would cure, eliminate, kill or deactivate COVID-19. The lawsuit was filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court under the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act


Rutledge Appoints Little Rock Attorney to Ethics Commission

Attorney General Rutledge is proud to appoint Denese Fletcher of Little Rock to the Ethics Commission. The purpose of the Ethics Commission is to serve as the compliance and enforcement agency regarding Arkansas’s standard of conduct, as well as disclosure laws concerning candidates for public office, state and local public officials, lobbyists and committees, and individuals involved with initiatives. Read more.


Allocates Over $2 Million to Department of Public Safety for Crime Victims

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the allocation of $2.1 million from the Consumer Education and Enforcement Fund to the Department of Public Safety for the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Program. The funds for the program will be used by the Crime Victims Reparation Board to compensate victims and family members of victims of violent crimes as well as ensuring forensic tests can be completed.


Rutledge Files Federal Lawsuit Against Texas Companies Behind Billions of Illegal Robocalls

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and six state attorneys general filed suit today against a group of Texas businesses accused of blasting billions of illegal robocalls nationwide over the past two years. Telephone records indicate tens of millions of these calls have been made to Arkansans alone. The federal lawsuit alleges that Rising Eagle Capital Group LLC and JSquared Telecom LLC are behind a tidal wave of robocalls offering fake extended car warranties and health care services. John Spiller II, owner of the businesses, and his business partner, Jakob Mears, are also named as defendants.


ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Businesses Target Hispanic Communities to Fraudulently Sell COVID-19 Treatments

A new scam has been identified by the Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s Office seeking to target the Hispanic population in Arkansas where businesses are charging exorbitant amounts of money for COVID-19 tests and for “immunity boosts” that will prevent or treat COVID-19, with no credible proof from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the Arkansas Health Department. Read more here.


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