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Attorney confirms Arkansas Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson linked to federal bribery case

Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (Photo: Arkansas State Legislature)

An attorney for Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, said Monday (June 11) that an ongoing federal multi-million-dollar bribery probe concerning the mysterious “Senator A” does not show any evidence that the Little Rock senator benefited or received anything illegally in the performance of his duties in the Arkansas Senate.

While confirming that Sen. Hutchinson is indeed the previously unnamed “Senator A” in recent federal court filings, Little Rock attorney Tim Dudley bristled at any suggestion that the Republican lawmaker and nephew of Gov. Asa Hutchinson had accepted a bribe during his long tenure in the Arkansas State Senate.

Dudley’s comments came in an interview with Talk Business & Politics following last week’s announcement that former Arkansas lobbyist Milton “Rusty” Cranford, in a federal plea agreement, had fingered the Arkansas state senator for allegedly accepting more than $500,000 in cash and illegal inducements to provide services to Cranford and those associated with Springfield, Mo.-based Preferred Family Healthcare (PFH).

“Their basic premise is Jeremy Hutchinson was hired by PFH … to do legal work and was paid a retainer. And he did the work. And we can show that he earned his money,” Dudley said of U.S. Attorney Timothy Garrison for the Western District of Missouri’s announcement Friday that Cranford pleaded guilty to bribing Arkansas elected officials in a multi-million-dollar scheme, and then along with other charity executives, embezzled millions of dollars from the Missouri nonprofit.

Read more at Talk Business & Politics.

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