This may only be of interest to students of the Preferred Family Healthcare public corruption scandal, but a superseding indictment was filed in the case in Springfield, Mo., last week that includes voluminous details and an extensive narrative of the elaborate alleged criminal enterprise.
The indictment names Tom and Bontiea Goss, the couple who were formerly top officials of the nonprofit that reaped tens of millions in Medicaid and other government money for health services in five states, including Arkansas. It also names former Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, the governor’s nephew, as conspiring to take money disguised as legal fees to influence legislation for the company.
The sprawling case is now detailed in a 92-page indictment, up from the original 85. It includes steps taken to cover tracks of Hutchinson’s illicit arrangement; emails among players, including lobbyist Rusty Cranford, and mentions of other legislators named or convicted in separate federal cases — Jon Woods, Hank Wilkins, Eddie Cooper and Micah Neal. There are some tantalizing references to other unnamed parties in Arkansas. Since the original indictment, a former PFH official and former DHS integrity officer, Robin Raveendran, has entered a guilty plea in the case and so he’s now a player in the extensive dealings described.
The narrative: Bribes paid; legislative action taken protecting PFH; illegal campaign contributions made; high living financed.
The trial in this case — unrelated to the campaign and tax fraud Hutchinson faces in Little Rock — has been delayed until April 2021 for its complexity. Many people hang dangling in the wind. Sure winners: Attorneys.
Here’s the new indictment. There are many references to Jeremy Young Hutchinson’s activities in furtherance of the scheme.
The indictment includes 12 counts against Hutchinson — one of conspiracy, four of bribery and seven of wire fraud. That’s unchanged from the original indictment.