- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The owner of two Arkansas mental health companies has been found guilty on four of six charges accusing him of bribing a top official from the state’s Human Services Department.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2aaRmM5 ) 51-year-old Ted Suhl was found guilty Wednesday on two counts of honest services wire fraud, one count of interstate travel in aid of bribery and one count of bribery involving federal program funds.

Suhl, of Warm Springs, was accused of paying thousands of dollars to former DHS Deputy Director Steven Jones, who pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and bribery charges related to the alleged payments.

Federal officials said the payments were in exchange for helping Suhl’s companies, which received more than $90 million in Medicaid funds, and to provide internal information about the agency to Suhl.

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