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Rutledge Announces a Guilty Plea by the CEO and Owner of New Beginnings Behavioral Health Services: Says, 'This culture of corruption has run rampant through our Medicaid system and it must be stopped'

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced Chirie Bazzelle pleaded guilty to obstructing governmental operations. Bazzelle is the owner and CEO at New Beginnings Behavioral Health Services (New Beginnings). In 2018 alone, New Beginnings billed the Medicaid program over $5.3 million. As a result of this investigation and Bazzelle's arrest New Beginnings is no longer a Medicaid provider.


Action Details

  • Date:July 14, 2020
  • Agency:Arkansas Attorney General
  • Enforcement Types:
    • State Enforcement Agencies