Legal Archive

Two Conway Women Face Medicaid Fraud Charges

by Lee Hogan 11/11/2014 10:16 am

A Conway mother and daughter are accused of fraudulently billing the Arkansas Medicaid Program for nearly $100,000 and fraudulently withdrawing more than $65,000 from the accounts of patients at a shuttered Faulkner County facility for the developmentally disabled.

Crittenden Regional Board Extends Liability Coverage, Then Files for Bankruptcy

by Sean Beherec 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Crittenden Regional Hospital's directors raised concerns about potential lawsuits against them and voted to extend the board's liability insurance the day before filing for bankruptcy in September.

Josh Bishop Estate Sues Chubby Cheeks Over Beating Death

by Mark Friedman 11/10/2014 12:00 am

The death earlier this year of a 28-year-old who allegedly stole a bottle of wine from a Texarkana liquor store could serve as a cautionary tale for business owners and employees.

Mike Nelson Disputes His Firm's Debts to State Workforce Services

by Marty Cook 11/10/2014 12:00 am

The Great Recession was very bad for Mike Nelson. His Jonesboro business, Nelson Design Group, sells home designs to builders and homebuyers, and revenue that reached $4 million in 2006 was down to $1 million by 2008.

Barbara Goswick, Don Smith Top List of CFO of the Year Honorees

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas accounting professionals took an unaccustomed turn at center stage last Wednesday at the Arkansas Business CFO of the Year Awards luncheon at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock.

Crittenden Hospital's Directors, Officers Compensation Could Pay Off

by Sean Beherec 11/10/2014 12:00 am

The nonprofit Crittenden Hospital Association paid its directors and officers' liability insurance ahead of employee health benefits, and that may have been a smart strategic decision for all concerned.

Sentencing Set for Former Ouachita County Judge

by Associated Press 11/7/2014 12:01 pm

Formal sentencing is set for later this month for a former Ouachita County judge accused of awarding a disaster-relief contract in exchange for a campaign contribution.

Judge Dismisses Ben Burris Lawsuit Over Dental Practices Act

by Mark Friedman 11/7/2014 08:21 am

U.S. District Judge Brian Miller has dismissed a lawsuit against the Arkansas Board of Dental Examiners by orthodontists Dr. Ben Burris of Fort Smith and Elizabeth Gohl of Fayetteville. The judge said the matter belongs in state court. Burris filed the suit in May.

Change-of-Plea Hearing Set for Martha Shoffner

by Associated Press 11/6/2014 04:08 pm

A change-of-plea hearing has been scheduled for a former Arkansas state treasurer accused of misspending campaign funds on personal items.

Arkansas to Drop Lawsuit Against Former Director of Fire Protection Licensing Board

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 03:40 pm

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says the former executive director of the Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board has repaid the state more than $15,000 for unauthorized purchases made on a state charge card.

James Van Doren Sentenced to 15 Months For Money Laundering

by George Waldon 11/3/2014 05:03 pm

James Van Doren, appearing in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith this afternoon, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment as part of a disputed plea agreement.

Judge To Hear Dispute Over $28K Tab Spent at Visions Nightclub

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

A dispute over a bill of nearly $30,000 from the “gentlemen's club” Visions on the northern outskirts of Maumelle has made its way to Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Anthony Puts Heat on Insurance Company After Sawmill Fire

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Anthony Forest Products Co. is hauling its insurance carrier into court for allegedly failing to pay off a claim for a 2013 fire that caused $5.6 million in damage.

Bank Branch Count in Arkansas Dwindles After Mergers

by Gwen Moritz 11/3/2014 12:00 am

After reaching a peak of 1,513 in mid-2008, Arkansas' branch network had fallen to 1,388 as of this year's summary of deposits, which was released on Sept. 29. A net reduction of 54 branches happened in the 12 months that ended June 30.

Character References Help Brandon Barber Elude 20-Year Sentence

by Marty Cook 11/3/2014 12:00 am

When it came to sentencing in federal court, Brandon Barber could have had the book thrown at him. But facing U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes last Tuesday, he still had some things going for him.

‘Sovereign' Actions Complicate Foreclosure of West Little Rock Home

by George Waldon 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Documents sold on the Internet and a $700,000 “International Bill of Exchange” weren't able to keep a minister from losing his 5,608-SF west Little Rock home in a long-running foreclosure action.

Temporary Hold Placed on Arkansas Hog Farm Permits

by Associated Press 10/29/2014 04:28 pm

Officials have put another temporary hold on new permits for hog farms near the Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas.

Dennis Smiley's Wife Cynthia Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

by Lance Turner 10/29/2014 11:38 am

Cynthia Smiley, the wife of former Arvest Bank executive Dennis Smiley Jr., filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Thursday, listing $2.3 million in debts and $34,000 in assets.

Brandon Barber Sentenced to 65 Months in Prison for Fraud, Money Laundering

by Marty Cook 10/28/2014 01:08 pm

Brandon Barber, a former northwest Arkansas developer, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 65 months in prison for bank fraud and money laundering. "More than a half-decade ago, I made bad decisions based on my selfishness and pride," Barber told Judge P.K. Holmes. "I failed those who loved and trusted me the most."

Arkansas Supreme Court: Minimum Wage Issue Stays on Ballot

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/28/2014 08:10 am

Arkansas' highest court ruled Monday that a proposal to gradually raise the state's minimum wage can remain on the November ballot.