This week, it was announced that a man from Cabot, Arkansas had been sentenced to prison for fraud. The man previously admitted to paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to receive millions of dollars of construction work. 50-year-old Rocky Williams was sentenced to prison by United States District Court Judge Danny C. Reeves.
The defendant previously admitted to conspiring with James Newton, who worked at Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, between 2009 and 2012. Williams admitted that he paid roughly $500,000 in bribes to Newton. He concealed them as payments of credit card and fuel bills, vehicle and rent payments, and gifts.
In return, Newton, who was the Executive Director of Facilities responsible for assigning Saint Joseph Hospital’s general contracting work, steered more than $8 million of construction jobs to Williams’s company, ZaneRock Construction. The defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud Saint Joseph Hospital on December 17, 2017.
52-year-old Newton most recently lived in Pace, Florida. He pleaded guilty to the same charge on September 15, 2017. Both defendants have been sentenced to 27 months in prison. They will share the responsibility of repaying $532,660 in restitution to the hospital. Williams is scheduled to report to prison on August 27, 2018. Newton started his prison sentence on March 12, 2018.
Further details have been made available here.