President Donald Trump has commuted the prison sentence of an Arkansas businessman convicted for bribery in 2016.
On Monday, Trump commuted the prison sentence of Ted Suhl, who was convicted in 2016 on charges of bribing a state official. Suhl was indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and honest services fraud, three counts of honest services fraud, federal funds bribery and interstate travel in aid of bribery charges, according to Arkansas Business.
Suhl was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Suhl, the operator of a behavioral health services company formerly known as The Lord’s Ranch (now Trinity Behavioral Health) and Maxus, received $125 million in state Medicaid funds over a four-year period. He is alleged to have paid bribes to have Steven B. Jones, a former Arkansas Department of Human Services deputy director protect his business interests.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins of the Eastern District of Arkansas both supported Suhl’s request for clemency, according to the White House announcement.
White House officials said that Suhl was a “model prisoner” during his prison sentence and was a “pillar of his community” before the prosecution.
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