A former state Department of Human Services employee and her best friend were sentenced Friday to 18 months in federal prison for their admitted participation in a scheme that defrauded child-nutrition programs of $253,817.44.
Pleads guilty, faces prison, fine for stealing $381,171.57
A former salesman for Elite Pools by Scott, a North Little Rock business that designs and builds luxury swimming pools, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Little Rock to a wire fraud charge, admitting he stole $381,171.57 from the company and several customers.
Planned Parenthood loses in appeal
A federal appellate panel on Wednesday vacated a federal judge's orders in 2015 and 2016 directing Arkansas to continue paying for Planned Parenthood services for Medicaid recipients.
The bodyguard for Memphis rapper Ricky Hampton pleaded innocent Tuesday in federal court in Little Rock to two gun charges on which he was indicted Aug. 3.
Access to officials still limited
Nearly three weeks after a federal judge declared that the city of Little Rock was violating the First Amendment by extending a ban blocking a neighborhood activist from city buildings, the ban has been revised.
He hears lawyers on legality of suspending clinic licenses
A federal judge vowed Thursday to give priority status to issuing a written order on the constitutionality of a new state law that imposes mandatory licensing suspensions on Arkansas abortion clinics the minute they are cited by the Health Department for any infraction.
U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson on Wednesday scheduled a hearing for Sept. 5 on the validity of a newly written state panhandling law.
In November, a federal judge in Little Rock invalidated part of an Arkansas law that banned public begging, saying it was unconstitutional.
Deal cancels trial in federal court
A federal lawsuit accusing a former Pulaski County jail supervisor of repeatedly sexually assaulting a female inmate in 2014 and 2015 has been settled, canceling a jury trial that was to begin Sept. 12 before U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson.
A federal grand jury in Little Rock has indicted a former controller for a Russellville-based trucking company on 17 counts of wire fraud, alleging that she used an electronic payroll system to steal more than $50,000 in 2014 and 2015.