Springdale’s Woods, Paris Indicted By Feds, Accused In Bribery Scheme


Springdale’s Woods, Paris indicted by feds, accused in bribery scheme

SPRINGDALE — A federal grand jury indicted former state Sen. Jon Woods, R-Springdale, on 12 counts of fraud and one of money laundering, alleging he took one bribe of $40,000 in exchange for steering a state General Improvement Fund grant to a Northwest Arkansas college, plus an undetermined amount of cash in exchange for other such grants.
Indicted along with Woods were Oren Paris III, president of Ecclesia College in Springdale, and Randell G. Shelton, Jr., a friend of Woods and of Paris who owns a consulting business, according to the indictment.

On the charges
• Eleven counts stem from mail and wire …

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