Tagged: chris thyer

Dr. Richard Johns Indicted in Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone

by Gwen Moritz 9/2/2015 2:55 pm

Dr. Richard Johns, the Little Rock physician who was charged with 187 counts of prescription drug fraud in Lonoke County in May, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday as part of a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.

Seeco Unit to Pay $950K to Settle Mineral Trespass Claim in Arkansas

by Lance Turner 9/1/2015 4:41 pm

SWN Production (Arkansas) LLC has agreed to pay the federal government $950,000 to resolve claims that the company tapped unleased federally owned minerals in Conway and Van Buren counties over a three-year period.

At the Martha Shoffner Sentencing, Questions Over 'Benefit,' Jurisdiction

by Gwen Moritz 8/28/2015 2:13 pm

Prosecutors scored point after point Friday, but U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes sentenced former State Treasurer Martha Shoffner to 30 months in federal prison — less than half the time that the U.S. Attorney's office sought.

Update: Judge Sentences Martha Shoffner to 30 Months in Prison

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 8/28/2015 2:08 pm

U.S. District Court Judge Leon Holmes on Friday sentenced former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner to 30 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release.

Operation Pilluted Defendants Go Back to Work; Richard Johns Still Faces Only State Charges

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/24/2015 12:00 am

Johns is currently charged with 187 counts of prescription drug fraud in Lonoke County Circuit Court, and he’s scheduled for trial starting Oct. 7.

King Coal CEO Stephen Parks Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

by Lance Turner 5/27/2015 2:21 pm

King Coal CEO Stephen L. Parks of Little Rock has waived indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud relating to a fraudulent investment scheme.

Someone’s Son Is Dead (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/25/2015 12:00 am

I’m not a doctor or lawyer, but I am the only journalist who tried to warn the public about Dr. Richard Johns, so I’m hereby granting myself license to pour out my heart in a way that is — as I was reminded by the lawyer for the State Medical Board — “not objective.”

Shoffner Prosecutors Get More Time to Respond to Filing

by Associated Press 5/8/2015 7:49 am

Federal prosecutors are being given more time to respond to a filing by the attorney for convicted ex-Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner.

One Bank Customer Pleads Guilty to Reduced Federal Charge of Money Laundering

by Gwen Moritz 4/13/2015 4:57 pm

In a plea deal reached with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Little Rock, Albert Solaroli pleaded guilty to laundering $120,000 of the loan in exchange for having a pending bank fraud charge dismissed.

Fed Files Appeal Against Mountain Pure's John Stacks

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/12/2015 12:00 am

As expected, federal prosecutors in Little Rock have filed an appeal with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in hopes of preserving the seven convictions it won against John Stacks, owner of the Mountain Pure bottled water company.

Arkansas Grand Jury Indicts 3 for Trying to Steal USDA Money

by Mark Friedman 12/18/2014 1:06 pm

Three people, including two state Department of Human Services workers, were indicted Thursday as part of a scheme to steal federal Department of Agriculture money.

Judge Sets Aside Guilty Verdicts Against John Stacks

by Gwen Moritz 12/3/2014 11:20 am

A federal judge in Little Rock has reversed Mountain Pure LLC owner John B. Stacks' conviction on two counts of making false statements to the Small Business Administration and ordered a new trial on five other counts of which he was convicted by a jury in October.

US Attorney Files to Dismiss Mail Fraud Charges Against Martha Shoffner

by Gwen Moritz 11/25/2014 3:28 pm

U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer of the Eastern District of Arkansas says his office has filed a motion to dismiss the mail fraud charges against former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner.

Former Little Rock Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty; Scam Cost Government $1.1M

by Gwen Moritz 8/26/2014 10:40 am

Christopher T. Craig pleaded guilty to just two cases of diverting tax payments to himself, but he admitted that the loss to the government was much greater.

NLR Woman Pleads Guilty to $1M Payroll Fraud

by Gwen Moritz 8/19/2014 5:36 pm

Regina Lynn Paff, 53, who handled the payroll for AGL Corp. of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud filed directly by federal prosecutors.

Forest Place Arsonist Pleads Guilty to Two Counts

by Gwen Moritz 8/1/2014 5:04 pm

Lacey Rae Moore faces at least 12 years in prison and has agreed to pay restitution of more than $12.5 million for damage caused by seven fires, including five for which criminal charges were dropped as part of her plea deal.

Former One Bank SVP Gary Rickenbach Indicted on Federal Bank Fraud Charges

by Gwen Moritz 4/2/2014 6:05 pm

A conspiracy charge seems to be related to a $1.5 million loan that has already resulted in bank fraud charges against the Florida borrower, Alberto Solaroli; other charges allege deliberate fraud against the federal TARP program.

Pulaski County Judge Griffen Finds U.S. Attorney's Office in Contempt

by Gwen Moritz 11/1/2013 3:51 pm

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Friday found that the U.S. Attorney's Office in Little Rock was in contempt of court for failing to pay three private defense attorneys the fees he had ordered more than a year ago.

State, Feds Seek Civil Penalties from ExxonMobil Over Mayflower Oil Spill

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 6/13/2013 3:20 pm

State and federal authorities want a judge to find ExxonMobil broke the law when a pipeline failed at Mayflower and spilled an estimated 150,000 gallons of crude oil in a neighborhood and adjacent waterway, authorities announced Thursday.

U.S. District Court Criminal Filings Mixed, Bankruptcies Decline

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/10/2013 12:00 am

Criminal charges in the U.S. District Court’s Western District of Arkansas climbed 7.1 percent for the 12-month period that ended March 31, 2012.