Cranford Pleads Guilty To Bribery Scheme

Milton Cranford

Milton “Rusty” Cranford of Rogers, Ark., pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to bribing Arkansas elected officials in a multi-million-dollar scheme, and then along with other charity executives, embezzling millions of dollars from a Springfield health care organization.

Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Timothy Garrison for the Western District of Missouri made the announcement. In late February,Garrison announced that Cranford, a former Little Rock lobbyist, had been indicted by a federal grand jury for his role in a nearly $1 million bribery conspiracy involving the Missouri nonprofit.

Cranford entered into an illegal kickback scheme whereby Cranford paid over $600,000 in illegal kickbacks to a charity executive in exchange for more than $3.5 million in payments made to The Cranford Coalition.   MORE

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