Guilty In GIF Kickback, Bribery Scheme

Jon Woods

After hearing evidence for more than three weeks in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville, a federal jury returned a guilty verdict late Thursday afternoon against former Republican Sen. Jon Woods of Springdale and Northwest Arkansas consultant Randell Shelton for their involvement in a widespread kickback and bribery scheme.

Woods, 40, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit honest services mail and wire fraud in violation of federal law, 12 counts of honest services wire fraud, one count of honest services mail fraud and one count of money laundering. Shelton, 38, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit honest services mail and wire fraud in violation of federal law, 10 counts of honest services wire fraud and one count of honest services mail fraud.

Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and Duane Kees, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, began prosecuting the case against Woods and Shelton on April 10 before U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks in Fayetteville.   MORE

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