LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Tuesday her office has reached a settlement with a Conway company to resolve allegations of deceptive fundraising practices.

LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Tuesday her office has reached a settlement with a Conway company to resolve allegations of deceptive fundraising practices.


Rutledge said USA Publishing will pay $121,000 to the state to be distributed to Arkansas donors and $50,000 in civil penalties. The company also has agreed to end all professional fundraising activities in Arkansas, she said.


A call to USA Publishing on Tuesday afternoon went unanswered.


In July 2013, then-Attorney General Dustin McDaniel sued the New Jersey-based National Police Defense Foundation and USA Publishing, alleging that they solicited donations in Arkansas under the pretense that the money would go to emergency responders in the state, but only $500 of the $231,004 collected actually went to charitable purposes.


The attorney general’s office reached a settlement with the National Police Defense Foundation in July 2014. The foundation agreed to pay $120,000 in restitution to consumers and to end all professional fundraising activities in Arkansas.