Legal Archive

‘Any Willing Provider' Bill Returns, This Time Without Wilson Off to Races

by Mark Friedman 3/31/2014 12:00 am

A bill that has occupied lawyers for a full decade might have been a mere blip in the state's long legislative history had Nick Wilson, the powerful and ultimately disgraced state senator from Pocahontas, not been so eager to get to the horse races on one particular day in February 1995.

John Glasgow to Dillard's: ‘Call Off the Dogs'

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

The relationship between the management of CDI Contractors LLC of Little Rock and half-owner Dillard's Inc. was under tremendous stress in the days before CDI's chief financial officer disappeared on Jan. 28.

Jonathan Brawner, Mastermind of One Failed Kidnapping, Claims He Hid John Glasgow's Body

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Jon Brawner masterminded the early morning kidnapping of a businessman with the intention of forcing him to transfer money from his company to offshore accounts. But things went wrong — fatally so. This is not the story of John Glasgow, although Brawner now claims to have helped bury the body of the construction executive who vanished four years ago after leaving his Little Rock home before dawn.

Process Server Relates ‘Look of Terror' on Face of Bond Scammer Kevin Lewis

by George Waldon 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Kevin Lewis wasn't a high-profile guy until he started attracting lawsuits and the attention of federal investigators in connection with allegations of bank fraud involving multiple lenders. The day-to-day whereabouts of Lewis might be as enigmatic as the man, but Andy Myers can tell you where Lewis was on Feb. 3. That's the day he caught up with Lewis at his parents' home in Searcy.

Former Theater Owner Tony Rand, Five Sons Guilty of $110 Million in Scams

by George Waldon 3/31/2014 12:00 am

A nearly seven-year stretch in prison apparently served only to inspire a vastly larger interstate scheme from Texas. This gambit involved Tony Rand, now 70, and his five sons swindling hundreds of oil and gas investors of more than $110 million. Some suspect their schemes at times resembled a plot line in a zany 1968 movie “The Producers.”

Tony Rand's First Fraud

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Before he began a oil fraud with his sons that culminated with a 2009 indictment, Tony Rand churned $17 million through his Rand Theatres operation to feed his family's taste for the good life.

Signs of $14.7 Million Medicare Fraud from Mountain Home Doctor Date Back for Years

by Mark Friedman 3/31/2014 12:00 am

If Dr. Stacey M. Johnson of Mountain Home had not died earlier this year at 63, he likely would have been charged with overbilling Medicare by $14.7 million, according to a criminal investigator's affidavit that was recently made public.

Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly Faces Federal Charges, Will Resign

by Associated Press 3/28/2014 01:47 pm

Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly — who is facing federal bribery and conspiracy charges — has announced plans to resign.

Wal-Mart Sues Visa Over Card Fees, Alleges Conspiracy to Fix, Inflate

by Associated Press 3/28/2014 10:12 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is suing Visa Inc. over fees that it charges the world's largest retailer when customers use a credit or debit card. In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Wal-Mart alleges that Visa conspired with banks to illegally fix and inflate fees that retailers pay on transactions.

Video: Acxiom's Scott Howe on Privacy, Data at Delta Trust Conference

by Lance Turner 3/28/2014 09:28 am

Acxiom Corp. CEO Scott Howe is continuing to make the rounds, explaining Big Data, marketing and consumer privacy.

Judge Delays Martha Shoffner's 2nd Trial

by Associated Press 3/27/2014 11:40 am

A federal judge is delaying until December the trial of former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner on charges that she used campaign funds for clothing, cosmetics and other personal items.

Wal-Mart Bribery Investigation Tally Tops $439M

by Lance Turner 3/27/2014 11:09 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s latest filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says the retailer has spent $439 million in the past two years to investigate allegations that it paid foreign bribes.

Highway Department Cleaning Contract at the Center of Another Complaint

by Mark Friedman 3/26/2014 05:22 pm

The cleaning company that lost the $380,000 Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department janitorial contract last month has filed a petition with Pulaski County Circuit Court to get it back.

Stephens Inc.'s Ethics Complaint Against Heath Abshure Dismissed

by Gwen Moritz 3/26/2014 11:36 am

The Arkansas Ethics Commission voted 4-0, with one member not present, to dismiss the complaint against Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure that Stephens General Counsel David Knight filed in November. Abshure says he never saw any gray area in the settlements that included donations to NASAA.

Federal Agents Raid Hot Springs Housing Authority

by Associated Press 3/26/2014 07:30 am

The administrative offices of the Hot Springs Housing Authority have been raided by federal agents with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General.

Simmons First Sues Mountain Pure for Defaulting on $16.5M in Loans

by Mark Friedman 3/25/2014 04:17 pm

Simmons First National Bank has sued Mountain Pure and its owner, John B. Stacks, for defaulting on $16.5 million worth of loans. Meanwhile, Stacks is launching a website to offer his take on events surrounding his indictment in separate case.

Martha Shoffner's Finances 'Exhausted,' Asks for Legal Help

by Associated Press 3/25/2014 02:37 pm

Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is asking a federal judge to declare her unable to pay for legal representation and to appoint counsel for her.

Dustin McDaniel Declines to Join Egg Lawsuit

by Associated Press 3/25/2014 01:48 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says it's not appropriate for the state to join a Missouri lawsuit that challenges California restrictions on egg production, but he supports the border state's efforts.

Arkansas Supreme Court Reassigns Judge Mike Maggio's Cases

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/24/2014 04:07 pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court has reassigned the caseload of a judge who is being investigated for online comments he posted anonymously and contributions he received linked to a nursing home that appeared before his court.

Conway Chiropractic Duo Working To Resolve Complaints

by Mark Friedman 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Keith and Natalie Currie, a husband-and-wife chiropractor team in Conway, hope to end their five-year battle with the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners next month.