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Former Senator Pleads Guilty in Missouri Bribery Case

(MISSOURI)  Former Arkansas State Senator Jeremy Hutchinson has pleaded guilty in federal court to another bribery charge.

Hutchinson, 45, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery regarding “his role in a multi-million-dollar public corruption scheme that involved embezzlement, bribes and illegal campaign contributions for elected public officials,” this from information given in a news release by the Office of the U.S. Attorney of the Western District of Missouri.   

Robin Raveendran pleaded guilty Wednesday, June 12, 2019, to conspiracy to commit bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds. The former executive vice president of Preferred Family Healthcare says he and others bribed former Senator Jeremy Hutchinson, a Republican from Benton, in exchange for him backing legislative actions to benefit Preferred Family.

Hutchinson is subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole and a fine of up to $250,000 for the Missouri charge.

On June 25th, Hutchinson pleaded guilty in the Western District of Arkansas to accepting bribes and falsifying tax records, affirming during a court hearing that he received thousands of dollars from lobbyists seeking to influence state policy.

Hutchinson faces a maximum sentence of 13 years in prison for those charges.

The lawmaker, a nephew of Governor Asa Hutchinson, resigned his State Senate seat after a federal grand jury indicted him last August for misusing campaign money and knowingly underreporting thousands of dollars in taxes.

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