Monday, August 31, 2015


From email's obtained from the ABC, it appears that ABC Enforcement Ken Coon, Jr. is the next agent on Boyce Hamlet's hit list. Other agents that have "resigned" received an email from Hamlet in which he asked "when is your evaluation due?"


Even though Coon's father is a Republican of some repute, apparently that is not enough to keep Coon employed with Hamlet's new, elite, re-branded ABC Enforcement.

Coon has given Hamlet plenty of ammunition to force him to resign (like he has other agents that threaten him or have gotten on his bad side) especially when he admits that he doesn't get much done in the winter and is not doing what is required and wants to blame the ABC Administration and others for his poor performance. 

Maybe Coon needs take the advice of Jeff Crow's dad and load his wagon and be ready for the pink slip arrives.


Thursday, August 27, 2015


Jerrell Smith's employment as an ABC Enforcement Agent ended with his "voluntary" resignation back on April 22, 2015 and according the the Arkansas State Police they still have an active, and now going into it's six month, investigation concerning Smith. 

As we are unable at this time to obtain information from the Arkansas State Police (ASP) about their investigation of Smith we cannot definitely say what it is centered on. However, based on emails obtained from the ABC we can offer three possible reasons that Smith is being investigated. 

The first reason involves Smith requesting information from the ASP when he was working part time at Dillard's in a security/loss prevention capacity.  Smith apparently contacted the ASP for them to run a criminal history on individuals he detained for shoplifting or some other activity while working at Dillard's. There was some friction between Smith and the ASP about his contacting them to run a records check when he was not acting in the capacity as an ABC Enforcement agent. This was documented in an previous post.

The second reason might have something to do with an email Smith sent Hamlet shortly before he was forced to resign.

Maybe something happened between Smith and one of his undercover minors like he mentioned in the email.

The third reason involves the possible falsification of records concerning compliance checks. ABC Enforcement agents appear to receive a monetary bonus, in addition to their regular salary, when they are involved in a compliance check in which they catch a permit holder selling alcohol to a minor. 

Without regard to why Smith is being investigated, ABC Enforcement agents have indicated that ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet makes agents he wants to get rid of resign under threats that he will spread information about them that will end their law enforcement career.

Threats like that coming from Hamlet, who was fired for cheating on an exam and lying to investigators when he was employed as an Arkansas State Trooper, and has since then continually lied about his employment history and broken state laws to hide his employment and termination from ASP to obtain employment with various law enforcement agencies is extremely humorous.

It is a classic example of a reaction formation on Hamlet's part. Because Hamlet has uncomfortable and unacceptable feelings about what happened to him at the ASP due to his cheating and lying (a death blow to a law enforcement career) he transforms his uncomfortable and unacceptable feelings into something he can manage, that being the exaggerated ideas and impulses that are diametrically opposed to his own. Hence he wants to make the ABC Enforcement the most elite and respected agency in the state and he takes a holier-than-thou stance with his agents even though he has no right to act that way based on his own past and current behavior.

It is hard to imagine that Hamlet would not simply fire an agent if he had a valid reason to fire them.  When one of the agents voluntarily leaves employment, they are not eligible to claim unemployment benefits.  On the  other hand, if an agent is fired it could affect future their ability to obtain and maintain employment in law enforcement.  A no win situation if you are unfortunate enough to be  one of Hamlet's agent. We posted about how Hamlet has created a hostile work environment in a post on August 4, 2015.

Hamlet is an embarrassment to the Arkansas Law Enforcement Community and he simply lacks the cognitive skills to realize that his web of deceit and dishonesty has been swatted down.  

We wonder if he was honest with his wife, a member of the Arkansas Bar, and told her about his behavior and termination of employment while at the Arkansas State Police and that he has for years has lied and filed false and misleading information on job applications, on forms filed with law enforcement certification agencies.  Surely if he has, as an attorney she would have told him that what he was doing violates Arkansas laws.  If he hasn't told her the truth about this, what else has or is he hiding from her?  According to emails we have obtained, he frequently emails his assistant and tells her he will be in later because he has " a meeting" or that he is "out in the field".   

We have obtained copies of the data dumps regarding the Ashley Madison data breach and are reviewing them to see if they contains Hamlet's name and address. A wise man once said, if you cheat at work, you will cheat at home.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015



Michael W. Langley was the ABC Administration Director for 8 years, beginning in February 2007 when he was appointed by then Governor Mike Beebe until January 2015 when he was replaced by Governor Asa Hutchinson's appointee Gary "Bud" Ray Roberts.

After Governor Hutchinson gave Langley the bum's rush, he was named an "of counsel" attorney at the Barber Law Firm in Little Rock. The term "of counsel" means that the attorney has a relationship with the law firm, but is not an associate or partner and usually has no expectation of a promotion or ever becoming a partner. A lot of law firms name former public office holders or heads of government agencies that are attorneys "of cousel" with their firms.  It is more of a public relations move than a reflection on the litigation skills of the individual.

Langley's use of "folks" in his Linkedn profile adds a nice, homey touch.

Speaking of home, back in July of 2010, Langley's wife filed for divorce and it was finalized in May of 2011. Langley was a Pro Se defendant and used his work address at the ABC as his mailing address.


In the divorce decree, reference was made to a reason Langley's wife was seeking the divorce...


Details about what comprised the "certain intolerable matrimonial differences" are not disclosed but the recent data breach regarding the Ashley Madison website might shed a little light. Ashley Madison is a Canada-based online dating service and social networking service marketed to people who are married or in a committed relationship. Its slogan is "Life is short. Have an affair."


In July 2015, a previously unknown group calling itself "The Impact Team" hacked the user data of Ashley Madison. The hackers stole personal information about the site's user base, and threatened to release users' names and personally identifying information if Ashley Madison was not immediately shut down. Beginning on August 18. 2015, the group leaked more than 25 gigabytes of company data, including user details.

According to the data dump it appears that Langley was a subscriber.

The address listed has been verified by the Pulaski County Assessor as the former residence of Langley and his wife prior to their divorce.


Langley once tweeted about paying attention to details....

Perhaps Langley will object to these details being shared but it appears that cheating is a trait that some ABC employees have in common or maybe it is a job requirement. 


Monday, August 24, 2015


ABC Enforcement Director Boyce "Cheater" Hamlet, wants to branch out and investigate "Food Stamp" fraud. Hamlet is so out of touch with the real world that he doesn't realize that the last "food stamp" was issued in 2002 and the Department of Human Services is the state agency that investigates fraud with the SNAP program for both recipients and retailers (more on that in a moment).

Public Law 100-435, the Hunger Prevention Act of 1988 was signed into law September 19, 1988 and mandated the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and the old Food Stamp program was subsequently replaced by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

In emails obtained from the ABC, Enforcement agent Jessie King tells Hamlet that he has received reports that people are purchasing alcohol with "food stamp".

As previously mentioned, the Arkansas Department of Human Services is the state agency that investigates incidents of suspected recipient  and retailer misuse or fraud.  Usually the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services takes over when a retailer is involved to investigate and prosecute those retailers that do not follow program rules or violate laws.


It would be extremely difficult if not impossible for a SNAP recipient to purchase a prohibited item with an EBT card because retailer is required to scan items to be purchased with an approved processing system that kicks out illegible/prohibited items and will not permit the purchase of the item with the EBT card.

The retailer could find eligible items that cost the exact amount of the alcoholic beverage and scan that item in place of the alcoholic beverage.  That would take an extreme amount of time and would probably not be worth the retailers time and effort  to make a small amount of money.  Not to mention that the retailer is responsible for taxes to be paid on alcoholic beverages that he purchases and sells, whereas items purchased with an EBT card are not taxed. The retailer would actually loose money of they sold alcoholic beverages and used an EBT card for payment in the scheme described in this paragraph.

A more likely scenario would be that a SNAP recipient would trade food purchased with their EBT card to another individual for alcohol. The deal would go something like this: Dude #1: "Bro,...I'll buy some chicken with my EBT card and trade it to you for a six pack of PBR". Dude #2: "Sounds good man". Winner, winner chicken dinner.

ABC Enforcement would be wasting time and effort to  try and take on responsibilities of another state agency and one of the federal government and just concentrate of doing the essential functions they are tasked with.

Maybe when DFA finally gives Boyce the boot, he can sign up for SNAP and get an EBT card to use.

Friday, August 21, 2015


Back in April ABC Enforcement agent Sharon Reed was apparently not keeping a safe distance between a vehicle in front of her which caused her to end up in the median.

Reed's memo is not very clear and apparently she does not know about a neat little feature that Microsoft Word has - spellcheck.  That neat little tool checks for spelling and grammatical and offers suggestions.

Maybe Agent Reed could use a refresher course in our traffic laws...

Perhaps ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet, before his employment ends at the ABC, should have decals like the one pictured below placed in each of his agents vehicles.

Thursday, August 20, 2015


At an ABC Board meeting held on August 19, 2015, the ABC Board approved an application for a permit for East End Liquor.

Representative Julie Mayberry (R) District 27, which includes the East End community, spoke in opposition to the application. Rep. Mayberry stated "the district I represent did not support the sale of liquor in Saline County. So I'm here to represent them".  

The proposed location of East End Liquor, on Arch Street in East End, is located close to two daycare centers. It is against the law and ABC regulations to have an outlet located within 1000 feet of a church or school.  Daycare centers are not mentioned in the law or ABC regulations.

Rep. Mayberry stated that she disagrees with daycare centers not being considered in connection with an application for a permit, "there is learning going on, there is young children within 350 feet of this location and we need to look out for those children".


The ABC Board has the authority to modify and change their rules and regulations and can add daycare centers to the regulation prohibiting the location of an outlet within 1000 feet of a school or church.

A reasonable person would think that a daycare center would be included and considered by the ABC when looking at an application and its approval.

But the ABC has a vested interest in approving all applications as they receive a large part of their funding comes from fees collected from permits. 

It is clear that money is more important than children to the ABC Administration and Board.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Robert Davis, the Director of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Office of Standards & Training has accepted a complaint regarding Boyce Hamlet and 60 pages of evidence in support of allegations that he provided false and misleading information to Arkansas and Mississippi law enforcement certification agencies.

Davis stated that any information received about Hamlet would be placed in his file with their agency and it is possible that information received could be used by the board there to revoke any certification Hamlet has in Mississippi. 

Of particular concern to the Miss. DPS/OST is the omission by Hamlet on forms he submitted to them, under oath, that he was employed and terminated by the Arkansas State Police for cheating on an exam and subsequently lying multiple times to investigators from the Ark. State Police Special Investigation Unit.

On forms that Hamlet submitted when he was with the Miss. Department of Corrections and the Miss. Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks, Hamlet was required to list any termination from employment.

Documents regarding Hamlet's employment with Mississippi state government agencies are not releasable under the Mississippi Freedom of Information Act, but we believe that Hamlet did not disclose that he was ever employed or terminated by the Arkansas State Police on documents submitted to Mississippi just like the ones he submitted to agencies in Arkansas (see previous stories -  Previous Post 1Previous Post 2).

A similar complaint was sent to the Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration last week (at their request) to consider possible actions, including termination of Hamlet's employment as ABC Enforcement Director.



Since Boyce Hamlet wormed his way into a job at ABC Enforcement, four agents (not including his predecessor Carl Kirkland) have "resigned".  We know that at least two of them, Jerrell Smith and James Chandler, were forced to resign by Hamlet under threats that he would run their career if they didn't. We previously posted a story about how Hamlet had created a hostile work environment at ABC Enforcement.  Little did we know how bad it really is for his poor demoralized employees. The only safe agents are those that are Republican agents.

Smith was forced to resign on April 22, 2015 and Chandler was forced to resign on August 17, 2015.

Smith apparently made the mistake of using the Arkansas State Police to run criminal checks on suspects he was detaining for police while working part-time as a security guard at Dillard's.

Hamlet told Smith it was not his or HR's decision he "resign" it was DFA Legal that said he had to go. Never mind that Hamlet is the one that was out to get Smith and started the ball rolling by running to Amy Valentine in HR as soon as he found a reason to force him out.  Smith was one of the agents that knew about Hamlet getting fired by ASP for cheating on an exam and lying multiple times to ASP investigators (instructors at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy - ALETA, knew about Hamlets and were spreading it around) and also knew that Hamlet had no prior supervisory or administrative experience. Smith had previously worked in Mississippi and perhaps had heard stories about Hamlet and his exaggerated law enforcement experience in Arkansas when both were working in that state.

Chandler apparently wasn't trying hard enough to get his undercover minors to buy alcohol.  We posted a story about undercover minors back in May that raised the issue of entrapment - ABC Undercover Minors. Maybe Chandler's undercover minors were not able to purchase alcohol from places was because Chandler had his outlets under control and in compliance. Perhaps if Hamlet had any supervisory and administrative experience whatsoever he would be able to realize his agent might be doing a great job.  Maybe Hamlet would rather have outlets violate laws instead of following them to generate funds for the ABC from fines.

Rick Hickman resigned on June 1, 2015. Perhaps he "resigned" as he was a former State Trooper and may have had knowledge about Hamlet being fired for cheating on an exam and lying multiple times to ASP Special Investigation Unit investigators.

Hamlet did however like one thing about Hickman.... his handwriting.

Perhaps Hamlet admired Hickman's handwriting because Hamlet's own handwriting resembles that of a dyslexic third grader with ADHD on Adderall.

The only agent that we know was not forced out was Bill Lynch. Lynch actually retired.

We understand that Hamlet has attempted to bring in some of his friends as agents but can't get their salaries high enough like he did his own as reported in a previous post,  ABC Salary Shenanigans.

The remaining ABC Enforcement agents report that they feel like they are walking on eggshells with Hamlet.  They complain that since the word has gotten out about Hamlet (in this blog and from law enforcement officers that know about what happened to him at the ASP) that are worried about how that impacts the perception of their agency.  They also worry that any little mistake they might make would result in Hamlet getting rid of them. Many say that since Hamlet has no prior supervisory experience he is not familiar with progressive levels of discipline and just has no idea how to be a leader. Many say he is simply not qualified.

Hamlet has stated that he wants to make ABC Enforcement the most elite and respect law enforcement agency in the state. Lofty undertaking for someone like Hamlet.

Since ABC Enforcement deals with compliance, review/investigation of applications and as a process server for the ABC Administration, is Hamlet going to branch out and have the ABC Enforcement agents tasked to other outside area?

Hamlet secured around $11,000.00 from his former boss, Cody Hiland, to purchase protective vests for his agents (who knew that compliance work was so dangerous).  I guess they will wear them while sitting in their vehicle while their undercover minor (who is not wearing one) goes into an establishment attempting to purchase alcohol.

As Hamlet like the say "hint-hint", look for a story about expanding their area.

We wonder what would happen if one of the agents that was forced to resign or face the wrath of Hamlet's career running threat if they did not, went to the Equal Opportunity Commission and filed a complaint about discrimination?

Monday, August 17, 2015


Hamlet's words would be inspiring if we didn't know the truth about him. Hamlet has no integrity whatsoever. The individual that will "tear all this down" is Hamlet himself and it will be his lying about his employment and experience that will be his undoing and that will adversely impact the credibility of ABC Enforcement and its agents.

The ABC Enforcement agents, with Hamlet as an employee of ABC Enforcement, are now required to disclose to criminal defendants (i.e., individuals that they cite for violations) that there may be exculpatory evidence, which includes evidence that could be used to challenge the credibility of a material prosecution witness (Brady v. Maryland (1963) 373 U.S. 83). This applies to ABC Enforcement because as director, Hamlet supervises the agents, directs their activities and can tell them what to put in or not put in their reports.

Individuals in law enforcement that were classmates of Hamlet when he was a trooper recruit are having a big laugh that he was appointed to be the head of ABC Enforcement after the State Police fired him for misconduct. They talk to ABC Enforcement agents about him and just shake their heads and feel sorry for them.

DFA Director Larry Walther needs to do the right thing and terminate Hamlet's employment. The ABC Enforcement agents need to be led by an honest individual that they can respect and look to as an example.  Hamlet’s continuing employment with DFA/ABC damages the reputation of that agency and results in the public questioning the credibility of the DFA/ABC and the DFA Director for appointing him.

Friday, August 14, 2015


ABC Administration Director Bud Roberts is maintaining an outside law practice as evidenced by recent filing in Saline County. Let's hope he was on his own time when he filed these.  He did however use ABC personnel to notarize some documents.







Thursday, August 13, 2015


Documents obtained from the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards & Training clearly indicate that ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet made multiple violations of Ark. Code Annotated § 5-53-103 on documents he signed and that were submitted to them and other state agencies beginning back in 2000 continuing through the present time.

Hamlet listed on his Arkansas State Police documents that he had been employed for two years by the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Department of Public Safety when he in fact only actually worked for less than one month and only received one paycheck from them (Hamlet's UAPB employment verification).

Apparently Hamlet did not want to disclose that he had been employed and fired for grievous misconduct by the Arkansas State Police (ASP - see previous post) and he provided false information about his actual employment dates at the Arkansas Department of Community Correction (DCC) to hide his ASP employment and termination on his application for employment with the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney's Office.  Hamlet indicated that he had been employed as a probation officer by DCC from January 2000 through January 2007. (Hamlet's application for employment with 20th Judicial District). Hamlet actually worked for DCC from July 6, 2004 through July 31, 2007. 

Hamlet provided conflicting information not only about his dates of employment on his CLEST/ALETA and other documents but his training as well. Some documents indicate that he completed a basic police training course while others indicate that he had not. One thing is very clear, Hamlet's only certification is as a Parole/Probation Officer.  

That is a specialized certification and he would have to be employed as a probation officer by DCC or a court to act in that capacity.  So when Hamlet was employed by the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney's Office and was issued firearms and a Faulkner County Sheriff's Office vehicle, he was not certified as a law enforcement officer and had no authority to carry a weapon (an earlier post related how a county issued handgun was stolen from his police vehicle parked at his residence).  Apparently Hamlet has a weapon at the DFA building at which he works and carries one on his person or in his agency issued vehicle.

Training records indicate that Hamlet has had some handgun training and done some firearms qualification since he has been employed as ABC Enforcement Director.

Hamlet was appointed and serves at the pleasure of the Director of the Department of Finance & Administration as stated in Ark. Code Annotated § 3-2-203.

A.C.A. § 3-2-203, does not specify that the ABC Enforcement Director must be a certified law enforcement officer, but a reasonable person would believe that this position would require that the individual that is appointed would at least be a certified law enforcement officer.  After all, the Enforcement Agents are all certified law enforcement officers and a majority of them have many years of actual law enforcement experience as police officers.

The DFA administrator could appoint Hamlet as an "institutional officer" pursuant to A.C.A § 25-17-304.

But Hamlet would still have the issue of his lack of honesty, credibility and integrity hanging over him. You do not get a "do over" in law enforcement. It's not like a preacher that commits some "sin" and goes before his or her congregation and breaks down crying and asking for forgiveness. Very few acts of misconduct are as damaging to a law enforcement officer's career than that of lying.  Courts have noted time and again that integrity is a fundamental job requirement.

Common sense tells you that to effectively prosecute crimes, officer credibility is critical.  Often, the officer's word is taken over that of a civilian, with both judges and juries frequently awarding a "tie" in a "he said, she said" or "swearing contest" to the officer based on "honesty" and "integrity" that is required to hold the job.  Thus when an officer's integrity is compromised, management understandably concluded that the law enforcement mission may be harmed by the officer's continued service. Such is the case of Hamlet's continued employment as the Director of ABC Enforcement.

Truthfulness is not only an issue of police witness credibility in a court of law; it strikes to the core of the ability to perform essential functions effectively.  Police officers complete factual reports based on their investigations and observations. These reports are relied upon by others to further investigations and are often used as critical evidence in a variety of proceedings.  Officers take enforcement action; secure evidence; maintain confidential information; have access to privileged information; handle drugs; handle money, and guns' process crime scenes; maintain reports of crimes and accidents; and, importantly, they are authorized by law to dispossess others of their constitutional rights and use deadly force when appropriate. Simply put, a law enforcement officials word, and the complete veracity of that word, is fundamentally necessary to doing the job.

Judicial pronouncements unequivocally provide that peace officers are held to the highest standards of behavior, with honesty and credibility being crucial to proper performance of their duties.  In Ackerman v. State Personnel Board (1983) Cal, App. 3d 395, the court found conduct could still support termination for a peace officer, because "a police officer must be held to a higher standard than other employees.  A police officer is expected to tell the truth".

Under Brady v. Maryland (1963) 373 U.S. 83, to ensure a fair criminal trial, prosecutors are obligated to notify criminal defendants about exculpatory evidence, which includes evidence that could be used to challenge the credibility of a material prosecution witness.  This is especially significant to the ability to effectively prosecute cases because an officer is often the only witness to the charged criminal act or the incriminating statements or conduct, and criminal defendants often dispute the officer's account of evidence.

Thus, dishonesty poses a dilemma for the employing law enforcement agency. If the Prosecuting Attorney's Office takes the position that it will not prosecute cases where the only witness in a Brady officer, then the officer cannot perform one of his or her fundamental job duties. In addition this can impact other officers as well p what happens if an officer proven to be dishonest in one instance is the only witness as to the actions of another officer in the field in, for example, an officer involved shooting.  The harm would not fall on the Brady officer, but on his or her colleague because the only corroborating witness is someone whose credibility has been severely undermined and damaged.

"Dishonesty" has been defined as conduct that "connotes a disposition to deceive" and " an absence of integrity; a disposition to cheat, deceive or defraud." Gee v. State Personnel Board (1070) 5 Cal. App. 3d 713, 718-719. Dishonesty "is not an isolated act; it is more a continuing trait of character." Gee, supra; Paulino v. Civil Service Commission of San Diego (1985) 175 Cal. App. 3d 962.

DFA Director Larry Walther needs to do the right thing and terminate Hamlet's employment with his agency. The ABC Enforcement agents need to be led by an honest individual that they can respect and look to as an example. Walther need not fear the "good ole boy" network because it is clear that Hamlet is not qualified, does not have the credentials to head a law enforcement agency and is a tainted liar.