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Eddie Cooper

Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Nonprofit Health Execs Plead Guilty in Arkansas Bribery Case

Under the terms of their respective plea agreements, they must forfeit to the government up to $4.3 million. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal

New Jersey Man Faces Sentencing in Arkansas Corruption Case

Federal prosecutors have recommended a reduced sentence for a New Jersey political consultant caught in an Arkansas political corruption case. read more >
Government & Politics / Insurance / Legal / Nonprofits

How Quapaw Is Picking Up Preferred Family Healthcare’s PiecesLock Icon

The end of Preferred Family Healthcare’s implosion in Arkansas, which jolted the state’s Medicaid service industry and scarred its political landscape, came not with a bang, but with a text. read more >
Eddie Cooper
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Tied to Arkansas Corruption, Preferred Family Healthcare Seeks Sale

An Arkansas mental health treatment company says it's working to purchase the Arkansas operations of a similar Missouri company tied to a political corruption investigation. read more >
Robin Raveendran
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal

Medicaid Suspends PFH After Former Exec Charged with $2M Fraud

Robin Raveendran has been charged with scamming almost $2.3 million from the Arkansas Medicaid program, and his former employer, enmeshed in corruption prosecutions in Missouri and Arkansas, has been suspended from the program. read more >
Asa Hutchinson
Legal

Governor, Ex-Prosecutor, Uncle: What Does Asa Hutchinson Do? (Analysis)

Every minute of every day, Asa Hutchinson is a governor, a former federal prosecutor and an uncle. With a nephew implicated in a bribery and corruption case, holding all three roles cannot be easy for him. read more >
Milton R. "Rusty" Cranford
Legal

Rusty Cranford Pleads Guilty to Bribing Arkansas Legislators

Former lobbyist Milton Russell "Rusty" Cranford of Rogers pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to bribing Arkansas elected officials in what prosecutors called a "multimillion-dollar scheme." read more >
Government & Politics / Legal

A Fish Rots From The Head (Editorial)

Leadership, like expectations, matters. It matters greatly. read more >
Betty Dickey
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal / Nonprofits

Preferred Family Healthcare Hires Betty Dickey as Liaison

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. read more >
Milton R. "Rusty" Cranford
Government & Politics / Legal

FBI: Rusty Cranford Tried to Hire Hit Man

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. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal

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

Has government corruption become the rule rather than the exception? read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Missouri Grand Jury Indicts Rogers Lobbyist Rusty Cranford

Milton R. "Rusty" Cranford of Rogers, owner of two lobbying firms in Arkansas and a former executive of a mental health services provider formerly called Alternative Opportunities, has been indicted in Missouri for his role in a $1 million bribery conspiracy. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal

Where Cooper Meets Neal, Woods (Analysis)

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. read more >
Eddie Cooper
Government & Politics / Legal / Nonprofits

Ex-Arkansas Lawmaker Pleads Guilty in Charity Scheme

A former Arkansas state representative has pleaded guilty to his role in an embezzlement scheme involving a Springfield, Missouri, charity. read more >
Eddie Cooper
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal / Nonprofits

Missouri Plea Deal Points to Rusty Cranford, Eddie Cooper

A political operative who pleaded guilty Monday to a federal felony in Missouri was involved in a conspiracy with Arkansas lobbyists fitting the descriptions of Milton R. "Rusty" Cranford and former state Rep. Eddie Cooper of Melbourne. read more >