- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas businessman convicted of bribing a state official is now in a federal prison after an appeals court rejected his request to remain free while challenging his convictions.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2iADagI ) reports 51-year-old Ted Suhl’s appeal was rejected on Jan. 3. He reported to an Illinois prison last week to begin serving a seven-year sentence.

Prosecutors say Suhl, the owner of two Arkansas mental health companies, bribed Steven Jones, the former deputy director of the state Department of Human Services, 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. Jones pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery charges related to the alleged payments.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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