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We Told You So (Editorial)

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Sometimes it takes a long time, but vindication, like revenge, is tasty even when served cold. In this week’s issue we have satisfying news about some of the problematic personalities that had been the subject of earlier reporting in our publication.

We start with the Page One feature on serial fraudster Jim Bolt, who last week was sentenced to 100 months in prison. This week’s story details years of schemes by Bolt, about whom Arkansas Business first reported in 2002 and on whose legal shenanigans this company spent more than $100,000 in attorneys’ fees.

Then there’s news that Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Roger D. Pleasant, the businesses he owns and his employees for deception and harassing tactics in their attempts to convince accident victims to visit a chiropractor. Pleasant and his workers are known as chiropractic “runners.” Senior Editor Mark Friedman first exposed Pleasant and his doings in a story published in June 2011.

The U.S. government — i.e., taxpayers — has recovered more than $4 million in property as the result of a claim filed against the probate estate of Dr. Stacey M. Johnson of Mountain Home and a civil forfeiture action. That amount remains far short of the $14.7 million Johnson gained through Medicare fraud, which was the subject of another Friedman exclusive last October.

That story was recognized last week by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers, a national association of business journals, as the “best scoop” of 2013.

By no means does every issue of AB focus on schemers and scammers. In the June 23 edition, for example, we celebrated 40 Arkansans on their way to great things, and we enjoy reporting on success. But we remain vigilant. You wouldn’t want us to be otherwise.

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