Tagged: micah neal

Ecclesia Moves to Convert Property to Cash, Shed Debt

by George Waldon 10/8/2018 12:00 am

New leadership at Ecclesia College plans to sell Benton County acreage linked with a grant kickback scandal that ensnared the president of Ecclesia College, two state legislators and a lobbyist middleman.

How Quapaw Is Picking Up Preferred Family Healthcare’s Pieces

by Kyle Massey 10/1/2018 12:00 am

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.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/24/2018 12:00 am

I have a couple of favorite topics: white-collar crime and personal finance. A story that combines the two is as irresistible as chocolate and peanut butter.

Update: Judge Grants Ex-Lawmaker’s 'Pipe Dream' of Probation

by Marty Cook and Lance Turner 9/13/2018 1:22 pm

Former state Rep. Micah Neal, who pleaded guilty last year to a corruption charge related to a kickbacks scheme involving Ecclesia College in Springdale, was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation. "I threw it all away, there are no excuses on my part," Neal told the court.

Updated: Oren Paris III Sentenced to 3 Years for Kickbacks

by Marty Cook and Lance Turner 9/12/2018 1:00 pm

Oren Paris III, the former president of Ecclesia College in Springdale, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for his role in a corruption scandal involving kickbacks on state grants.

Say Hooray For Our Side (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/10/2018 12:00 am

I never want anyone to be a crook, you know, but nothing pleases me more than seeing crooks get caught and punished. If there was a radio call-in show for federal court spectators, I’d be on a first-name basis with the screener.

Consultant Sentenced to 6 Years for Role in Kickback Scheme

by Associated Press 9/6/2018 4:15 pm

A consultant who was convicted of funneling kickbacks to Arkansas lawmakers in exchange for keeping some of the money has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Update: Jon Woods Sentenced to 220 Months in Prison for Kickback Scheme

by Marty Cook and Lance Turner 9/5/2018 2:02 pm

Jon Woods, the former state senator from Springdale, was sentenced Wednesday to 220 months in prison for what U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks called “bastardization” of the legislative process.

Former State Sen. Jon Woods to Be Sentenced Wednesday

by Gwen Moritz 9/4/2018 2:14 pm

Jon Woods, the former state senator from Springdale, is scheduled for sentencing Wednesday in Fayetteville, and his co-defendant in a notorious public corruption case will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks on Thursday.

Sentencing Set for Jon Woods, Others in Bribery Scheme

by Associated Press 7/9/2018 1:38 pm

Sentencing dates have been set for two former Arkansas state lawmakers and two others accused in a bribery scheme.

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

by Gwen Moritz 6/29/2018 3:46 pm

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.

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

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 6/18/2018 6:43 am

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.

Rusty Cranford Pleads Guilty to Bribing Arkansas Legislators

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/7/2018 1:32 pm

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."

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.