Tagged: oren paris iii

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

World-Class Rationalization (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/20/2017 12:00 am

One afternoon provided two exercises in compartmentalization: Richard Johns' plea agreement and the indictment of former state Sen. Jon Woods and Oren Paris III.

Updated: Former State Sen. Jon Woods, Ecclesia College President Oren Paris III Indicted

by Mark Friedman and Gwen Moritz 3/2/2017 5:09 pm

Randell Shelton Jr., a mutual friend of Woods and Paris is also charged in the 13-count indictment that represents the second phase of a corruption scandal that came to light with a guilty plea in January by former state Rep. Micah Neal.

More Indictments Expected in Ecclesia Kickback Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/20/2017 12:00 am

Federal prosecutors may soon take more action in the kickback case involving former Rep. Micah Neal, who pleaded guilty to a federal felony in January.