Ark. man allegedly defrauded NLR bidding process

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have unsealed a wide-ranging indictment against a Cabot man accused of defrauding the city of North Little Rock.

Prosecutors say 64-year-old George Wylie Thompson was arrested in Thailand. In a set of grand jury indictments unsealed Monday, Thompson is accused of rigging concrete bids for a city project.

Prosecutors say Thompson also faces charges of being a felon in possession of 147 firearms, owning illegal silencers and running an illegal gambling operation. Thompson also faces drug charges.

Prosecutors say Thompson is being held in Los Angeles. It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer.

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