Windstream Bribery Case in Oklahoma Raises Questions About Arkansas Laws

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 12:00 am  

James David Sisney

Receiving a bribe, as is specifically forbidden under Oklahoma law, requires a solicitor - and that, according to the indictment, was Windstream. The tickets to the tournament were allegedly given "with the intention of favorably influencing the aforesaid James David Sisney's judgment in reference to recommending or approving the School District continuing to do business with Windstream Corporation in the future ..."

Windstream faces a penalty of up to $3,000 for the bribery charge and $25,000 for conspiracy against the state. It has filed a response to the indictment denying any wrongdoing.

"We have always taken great pride in serving our customers with integrity," EVP and General Counsel John Fletcher said in a press release. "We have cooperated fully in the investigation and will vigorously contest the charges."

The company has declined to comment on the case beyond that original response.



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