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Jeremy Hutchinson Sentenced to 50 Months for Corruption

The sentence adds to prison time he received in December for tax fraud. He now faces eight years behind bars. read more >
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 / Health Care / Legal

Firm Paying $8M to Arkansas, Feds Over Corruption Probe

Preferred Family Healthcare will forfeit the majority of the amount to the federal government. read more >
Former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson has admitted taking bribes from Dr. Ben Burris, charges for which Burris has pleaded not guilty.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Jeremy Hutchinson Sentencing On HoldLock Icon

Former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson – who pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from Ben Burris and other federal crimes – will likely have to wait until other defendants in his case resolve their trial. read more >
Quapaw House, seen here on Grand Avenue in Hot Springs, owed $1.9 million for unpaid payroll taxes in 2019. It also is also being sued by employees who haven’t been paid recently.
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Quapaw House Faces ForeclosureLock Icon

Quapaw House Inc., the troubled Hot Springs drug and alcohol treatment provider that is no longer operating, recently entered into a consent judgment for $1.43 million with Relyance Bank. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal

Attorney General Announces $6.5M in Settlements with Preferred Family Healthcare

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Thursday $6.5 million in settlements with Preferred Family Healthcare of Springfield, Missouri, the result of an investigation conducted by her office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. read more >
Jeremy Hutchinson
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Coronavirus Delays Sentencing in Jeremy Hutchinson CaseLock Icon

It turns out that the pandemic is the reason that former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, nephew of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, still has not been sentenced more than a year after his guilty plea read more >
Quapaw House, seen here on Grand Avenue in Hot Springs, owed $1.9 million for unpaid payroll taxes in 2019. It also is also being sued by employees who haven’t been paid recently.
Banking & Finance / Health Care / Legal / Nonprofits

Quapaw House Insolvent, Former Receiver Says

Quapaw House Inc., the troubled Hot Springs drug and alcohol treatment provider, has no employees, no open locations and no receiver nowadays, a lawyer for the company says, though it does have more than $13 million in debt. read more >
Chirie Bazzelle, whose Little Rock firm provides outpatient behavioral and mental health services, says the children she counsels give her energy.  “The need is there, Bazzelle says.”
Government & Politics / Health Care

New Beginnings CEO Chirie Bazzelle Pleads Guilty to Obstruction

Chirie Bazzelle, owner and CEO of New Beginnings Behavioral Health Services, has reached a plea agreement with the state attorney general's office involving a misdemeanor charge of obstructing governmental operations, the office says. read more >
Quapaw House, seen here on Grand Avenue in Hot Springs, owed $1.9 million for unpaid payroll taxes in 2019. It also is also being sued by employees who haven’t been paid recently.
Health Care / Legal / Nonprofits / Real Estate

Quapaw House Sued for $2.6MLock Icon

Troubled Quapaw House Inc. of Hot Springs recently received more bad news. read more >
Quapaw House, seen here on Grand Avenue in Hot Springs, owed $1.9 million for unpaid payroll taxes in 2019. It also is also being sued by employees who haven’t been paid recently.
Banking & Finance / Health Care / Legal

Receiver Appointed in Quapaw House CaseLock Icon

A receiver was appointed last week to take control of the troubled Quapaw House Inc. of Hot Springs. read more >
Quapaw House, seen here on Grand Avenue in Hot Springs, owed $1.9 million for unpaid payroll taxes in 2019. It also is also being sued by employees who haven’t been paid recently.
Education / Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal / Nonprofits

Quapaw House, Successor to Preferred Family Healthcare, Has Woes of Its Own

Robert Lewis saw warning signs during his short time as a director of Quapaw House Inc., the Hot Springs nonprofit organization that acquired the assets of scandal-plagued Preferred Family Healthcare a year and a half ago. 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 >
Milton R. "Rusty" Cranford
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Rusty Cranford Gets 7-Year Sentence in Corruption Scheme

Milton R. "Rusty" Cranford was sentenced to seven years in prison, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Missouri. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

A Higher Purpose (Editorial)

When did health care become just a business, a revenue generator like any other? read more >
Jeremy Hutchinson
Legal

Jeremy Hutchinson Pleads Guilty in Missouri Corruption Case

Former Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson admits accepting thousands of dollars in bribes to help a health nonprofit as part of a plea deal in a sprawling federal corruption investigation. read more >
Jeremy Hutchinson
Government & Politics

Jeremy Hutchinson Faces New Corruption Charges in Missouri

Former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson has been indicted and accused of accepting bribes from a Missouri nonprofit in a widening federal corruption probe. read more >
Milton R. "Rusty" Cranford
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal / Nonprofits

A Surrender of Oversight (Editorial)

The story about the mental health services provider that ripped off both taxpayers and the mentally ill reveals what happens when bureaucrats and lawmakers surrender their oversight duties to highly conflicted parties. read more >
Legal

Who’s the Boss (Editorial)

Everyone knows the reason for a lobbyist's existence: to persuade lawmakers to do what the lobbyist wants him to do. But when lobbyists actually pay lawmakers — well, that’s influence of a whole other magnitude. read more >
Health Care / Insurance / Legal

Preferred Family Health’s Ex-Billing Clerk Charged with Medicaid Fraud

A third former employee with a Missouri-based nonprofit mental health provider has been arrested on state charges of defrauding Arkansas' Medicaid program. read more >