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    Former Arkansas State Senator Pleads Guilty to Bribery

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A former Arkansas state senator pleaded guilty in federal court today to accepting multiple bribes in connection with a multi-district investigation spanning the Western District of Missouri and Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.

    Jeremy Hutchinson, 45, of Little Rock, Arkansas, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery. Hutchinson, who was previously a state senator and representative, resigned in August 2018 after he was indicted in the Eastern District of Arkansas.

    Hutchinson pleaded guilty today to his role in a multi-million-dollar public corruption scheme that involved embezzlement, bribes and illegal campaign contributions for elected public officials. Hutchinson admitted that he was hired by then-Chief Operating Officer Bontiea Goss as outside counsel for Preferred Family Healthcare, Inc. (formerly known as Alternative Opportunities, Inc.), and in exchange for payments and legal work, Hutchinson performed official acts on behalf of the Springfield, Missouri-based healthcare charity, including holding up agency budgets and drafting and voting on legislation. Goss, a former executive at the charity, is charged in the same superseding indictment to which Hutchinson pleaded guilty.


    According to today’s plea agreement, the charity paid Hutchinson a monthly retainer from May 2014 until 2017. In total, Hutchinson was paid more than $350,000 in charity funds. Hutchinson also received hotel rooms and Major League Baseball tickets paid for by the charity, and the use of the charity’s luxury and recreational real estate.

    Hutchinson further admitted as part of his plea that: he understood that he was paid by Alternative Opportunities, Inc., and Preferred Family Healthcare, Inc., primarily because of his position as an elected public official; that he worked to further the interests of the non-profit while in the Arkansas State Legislature; that Goss, along with Milton Russell Cranford (also known as “Rusty”) and Robin Raveendran, both of whom served as executives for the charity and have also pleaded guilty for their role in the bribery scheme, directed Hutchinson to move the charity’s political agenda forward in the Arkansas Senate; and that Hutchinson performed some legal work for the charity to conceal his corrupt arrangement with the charity’s executives.


    Under federal statutes, Hutchinson is subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole and a fine of up to $250,000. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


    Hutchinson previously pleaded guilty on June 25, 2019, to bribery and tax fraud as part of a multi-district plea agreement. Hutchinson pleaded guilty to an information filed in the Western District of Arkansas, charging him with conspiracy to commit federal program bribery as part of a separate scheme involving an unidentified individual who owned and operated orthodontic clinics throughout the state of Arkansas, for whom Hutchinson had taken official action in exchange for bribes. He also pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return that was part of a 12-count federal indictment in the Eastern District of Arkansas, charging him with devising a wire and tax fraud scheme in which Hutchinson stole and misappropriated thousands of dollars in state campaign contributions for his own personal use, and then filed false federal income tax returns to conceal his conduct.


    The multi-district investigation was conducted by IRS-Criminal Investigation, the FBI, and the Offices of the Inspectors General from the Departments of Justice, Labor, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Mohlhenrich of the Western District of Missouri; Trial Attorneys Marco A. Palmieri and Sean F. Mulryne of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ben Wulff and Aaron Jennen of the Western District of Arkansas; and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephanie Mazzanti and Patrick Harris from the Eastern District of Arkansas.





    The lawmaker, is a nephew of Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Just thought you should know.
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    I didn't see a mention of party so that means he's likely democrat.
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    Jeremy Hutchinson (politician)

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    He's called a republican but he's a fruitcake.


    Jump to navigationJump to searchFor other people named Jeremy Hutchinson, see Jeremy Hutchinson (disambiguation).
    Jeremy Hutchinson
    Member of the Arkansas Senate
    from the 33rd district
    In office
    2013 – August 31, 2018
    Preceded by Joyce Elliott
    Member of the Arkansas Senate
    from the 22nd district
    In office
    January 10, 2011 – 2013
    Preceded by Shane Broadway
    Succeeded by David Burnett
    Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
    from the 31st district
    In office
    January 13, 2003 – January 2007
    Preceded by Charles Ormond
    Succeeded by Dan Greenberg
    Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
    from the 53rd district
    In office
    March 7, 2000 – January 13, 2003
    Preceded by Ted Thomas
    Succeeded by Denny Sumpter
    Personal details
    Born (1974-03-04) March 4, 1974 (age 45)
    Kansas City, Kansas
    Political party Republican
    Relations Tim Hutchinson (father)
    Donna Hutchinson (mother)
    Asa Hutchinson (uncle)
    Kim Hendren (uncle)
    Timothy Chad Hutchinson (twin brother)
    Jim Hendren (cousin and state Senate colleague)
    Children Three children
    Residence Little Rock, Arkansas
    Alma mater University of Arkansas, Little Rock
    Occupation Attorney
    Jeremy Young Hutchinson (born March 4, 1974) is a former Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate for District 33 in the capital city of Little Rock, Arkansas. He served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from two different districts in Pulaski County between 2000 and 2007 and as a state senator from 2011 to his resignation in 2018.[1]
    On August 31, 2018, the Department of Justice announced that Hutchinson was indicted by a federal grand jury on 12 wire and tax fraud charges.[2] Hutchinson resigned his office the same day.[3] He faces "eight counts of wire fraud for spending the campaign funds on personal expenses and falsifying campaign reports and four counts of filing false tax returns from 2011 to 2014."[4][5]
    Political career[edit]

    Hutchinson was first elected to the Arkansas House in March 2000, as representative of Arkansas District 31, Pulaski County. At the time he was the youngest member of the Arkansas House. He was re-elected three times and served on the House Judiciary and Insurance and Commerce committees. He was the vice-chair of the Joint Energy Committee and the assistant minority leader from 2002 to 2004.
    On August 4, 2009, Hutchinson announced his intent to run for the Arkansas State Senate from District 22, Pulaski County. On May 18, 2010, he defeated Dan Greenberg, son of the columnist Paul Greenberg, in the Republican primary, 58 to 42 percent. On November 2, 2010, Hutchinson defeated Democratic nominee Dawn Creekmore to claim the District 22 Senate seat. He was re-elected in 2013.
    Jeremy Hutchinson was named to Arkansas Business' "40 under 40" in 2002. He served on the board of the Arkansas Council on Economic Education.[6]
    Family and personal life[edit]

    Hutchinson and his identical twin brother Timothy Chad Hutchinson are the sons of former U.S. Senator Tim Hutchinson and nephews of the Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson. Timothy Chad Hutchinson represented District 95, Benton County, from 2005 to 2011.
    Hutchinson is a nephew by marriage of former state senator Kim Hendren of Gravette, Benton County.[7] Kim Hendren's son Jim Hendren, District 2 state senator from Benton County and the senate majority leader, is Hutchinson's cousin.
    Hutchinson and his former wife were divorced in 2011. He and his former spouse both used alternate forms of their names in that filing; he filed for divorce under his middle name, "Young Hutchinson." On September 4, 2012, Hutchinson's ex-girlfriend, Julie McGee, was arrested for third-degree domestic battery at Hutchinson's condominium in Little Rock after she hit Hutchinson with a preserved alligator head and left him with a bleeding wound. According to journalist Max Brantley, McGee had said that she had a financial support agreement with Hutchinson. Shortly thereafter, Hutchinson formally requested that the prosecuting attorney drop the battery charges so that he could "move on without any further embarrassment.
    In 2006, Hutchinson's mother, Donna Jean King Hutchinson of Bella Vista, Arkansas, was elected to the state House from District 98 in Benton County. She served four two-year terms.
    In 2013, Hutchinson participated in "active shooter" training and mistakenly shot a teacher with a rubber bullet who was confronting a so-called "bad guy". The experience gave Hutchinson "some pause" but failed to shake his confidence in the training plan.[8]
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    Sarah Sanders doesn't often mop the White House Press Corp Floor...but when she does, she uses Jim Acosta.

    There is no American free press. They're bought and paid for.

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    and Epstein didn't kill himself.

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    ALL of the Hutchinson's are deeply embedded in politics. Asa, the uncle, is now AR's governor. (Doing a respectful job of it, but still...)

    Remember Kay Bailey Hutchinson of TX. (I think she was a Dem, though.)

    Know what annoys me most from this article? (Outside of the obvious, that is.)

    [quote]Hutchinson [also made] use of the charity’s luxury and recreational real estate.[/quote]

    What in the name of creation are "charities" doing with "luxury" of any kind, if the first place??!!


    URR! I've edited this six time. The quotation will NOT quote out properly!



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