On March 2, 2017, three individuals were charged with a fraud scheme involving bribes paid to two public officials in exchange for directing approximately $600,000 in government funds to two non-profit entities.  The individuals charged were Jonathan E. Woods, a former Arkansas state senator who served from 2013 to 2017, Oren Paris III, a college president, and Randell G. Shelton Jr., a consultant.  Each of the individuals was charged with nine counts of honest services fraud and one count of honest services mail fraud.  The allegations are that Woods used his official position to direct government money, known as General Improvement Funds, to two non-profit entities at which Paris was an official.  Woods also used his position to advise Micah Neal, another Arkansas legislator, to also contribute government funds to the non-profits.  Through the efforts of Woods and Neal, approximately $600,000 in government funds was directed to the two non-profit entities.  In exchange for contributions, Paris allegedly paid bribes to both Woods and Neal, concealing them through Shelton’s consulting company.  Paris also allegedly hired a friend of Woods at the college.  Neal pled guilty on January 4, 2017.  United States v. Woods, et al., 17 Cr. 50010-001-003 (W.D. Ark.). DOJ Press Release