Arkansas businessman reports to prison in bribery case

     (AP) – An Arkansas businessman convicted of bribing a state
official is now in a federal prison after an appeals court rejected his request
to remain free while challenging his convictions.
     The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports 51-year-old Ted Suhl's appeal was
rejected on Jan. 3. He reported to an Illinois prison last week to begin serving
a seven-year sentence.
     Prosecutors say Suhl, the owner of two Arkansas mental health companies,
bribed Steven Jones, the former deputy director of the state Department of Human
Services, in exchange for helping Suhl's companies, which received more than $90
million in Medicaid funds and to provide internal information about the agency
to Suhl. Jones pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery charges related to the
alleged payments.


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