Arkansas lawmaker pleads guilty to conspiracy charge

Jan 4, 2017

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Prosecutors say an Arkansas lawmaker set to leave office next week has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for arranging bribes while he was a member of the state House.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 42-year-old Republican Rep. Micah Neal of Springdale pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud. A sentencing date was not announced.
A phone call to a number listed for Neal was not immediately returned.
Neal admitted that between 2013 and 2015, while a state representative, he conspired with a state senator to appropriate money to nonprofit organizations in exchange for bribes. Neal received about $38,000 as a result of his actions.
The name of the senator wasn't revealed.
Neal served two terms in the House but did not seek re-election last year.
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