Tagged: jon woods

Centennial Says Jeremy Hutchinson in Default

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/14/2018 12:00 am

Centennial Bank of Conway has sued state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson for $30,037.69, plus interest and late fees, the unpaid balance of a $50,000 business loan made to him in 2011.

A Fish Rots From The Head (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/7/2018 12:00 am

Leadership, like expectations, matters. It matters greatly.

Jon Woods, Randell Shelton Found Guilty in Kickback Scheme

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/3/2018 4:44 pm

Former state Sen. Jon Woods and his co-defendant, Randell Shelton Jr., have been found guilty of a dozen or more counts each of fraud, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

Gavel-to-Gavel Obsession (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/30/2018 12:00 am

The public corruption being described in fascinating, horrifying detail in a federal courtroom in Fayetteville illustrates how public officials counted on public money and conspired to get it.

Preferred Family Healthcare Hires Betty Dickey as Liaison

by Gwen Moritz 4/16/2018 10:08 am

The Missouri company ensnared in federal criminal cases at home and in Arkansas announced Monday that it has hired former state Supreme Court Justice Betty Dickey to help oversee its Arkansas operations.

Financial Literacy for Legislators (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/16/2018 12:00 am

Financial incompetence is not a crime, but desperate people do desperate things.

Oren Paris III of Ecclesia College Pleads Guilty to Fraud

by Gwen Moritz and Lance Turner 4/4/2018 2:43 pm

Oren Paris III, the president of Ecclesia College in Springdale, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of fraud in a corruption scandal involving kickbacks on state grants.

What Would Jesus Rationalize? (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/26/2018 12:00 am

I hope I never get accustomed to public officials being on the take, but it’s especially disheartening when they use religion as part of their rationalization. And I’m detecting a pattern.

FBI: Rusty Cranford Tried to Hire Hit Man

by Gwen Moritz 3/13/2018 11:33 am

Rusty Cranford, a former Arkansas lobbyist, was recorded trying to hire someone to murder a co-defendant who pleaded guilty in an embezzlement case in Missouri, according to prosecutors.

From Skeptic To Cynic (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/5/2018 12:00 am

Has government corruption become the rule rather than the exception?

Where Cooper Meets Neal, Woods (Analysis)

by Gwen Moritz 2/13/2018 10:49 am

Like a Russian novel, overlapping federal criminal investigations in Missouri and Arkansas may need a cast of characters, and it's getting hard to identify either hero or victim.

On Passing, And Failing, Civics (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/5/2018 12:00 am

Arkansas students are required to pass a civics test, the same test immigrants must pass to become naturalized American citizens, to be eligible for high school diplomas or General Educational Development certificates. If only legislators had to take it too.

State Sen. Jake Files Pleads Guilty to Federal Crimes in GIF Scandal

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2018 3:41 pm

The Fort Smith Republican waived indictment and pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and bank fraud in connection with money routed to him from the state General Improvement Fund.

Judge Weighs Evidence in Lawmakers' Corruption Trial

by Associated Press 1/11/2018 11:01 am

Lawyers and a federal judge met behind closed doors to discuss whether some documents should be off-limits to prosecutors as the public corruption trial of a former Arkansas state senator approaches.

Trust But Verify (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/4/2017 12:00 am

I’m weary of the trope about running government like a business, but both honest government and honest business require enough employees to segregate duties and create internal controls.

No Easy Path For Arkansas-backed Local Projects (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/9/2017 9:18 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court's ruling striking down a grant system used to fund local projects didn't necessarily kill outright lawmakers' efforts to divert surplus money to pet needs in their districts.

Gravy Train Stops Here (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/9/2017 12:00 am

With the Supreme Court’s latest action, the state's General Improvement Fund is presumably a thing of the past. That’s probably cold comfort to legislators who are still being investigated.

Indictment Thoughts, Probes Grip Arkansas Capitol (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/11/2017 7:16 am

The worst-kept secret at Arkansas' Capitol over the past several months is the waiting game lawmakers, lobbyists and others play as they eye federal probes into local project money that have already targeted two former legislators.

Arkansas Court Takes New Look at Local Projects (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/5/2017 7:27 am

The state Supreme Court on Thursday will hear oral arguments in a case challenging $2.9 million in state surplus money that went toward the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District in 2015.

Ecclesia College Woes Multiply Under Federal Investigation

by George Waldon 8/7/2017 12:00 am

Ecclesia, the private Christian college in Springdale, is facing yet another federal investigation, this one by the U.S. Department of Education.