Arkansas lawmaker pleads guilty to conspiracy charge

     (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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