JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KDKZ-TV) A former lobbyist pleads guilty and admits taking part in a multimillion-dollar bribery and embezzlement scheme involving a Missouri-based nonprofit.
According to federal court documents, Rusty Cranford of Rogers, Arkansas admitted paying $500,000 in bribes to former Arkansas Congressmen Jon Woods, Henry Wilkins IV, and another unidentified legislator – believed to be Jeremy Hutchinson, nephew of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
Federal prosecutors contend that the lawmakers redirected state funds and performed other favors for Crawford, which allowed him to siphon money away from Preferred Family Healthcare, a Springfield, Missouri-based charity with operations in Arkansas.
If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
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