Former Pocahontas Lawmaker Still Owes State More than $500,000 in Restitution

Published: Jun. 8, 2005 at 12:07 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2005 at 12:10 PM CDT
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JUNE 8, 2005 - Posted at 8:03 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Former state Senator Nick Wilson, who was once regarded as one of the most powerful politicians in Arkansas, still owes more than $500,000 in restitution for corruption convictions.

Wilson and three others admitted involvement in schemes to bilk state programs in one of the biggest government corruption investigations in Arkansas history.  They have paid $754,939 of nearly $1.5 million they were ordered to pay back as part of their sentences.

Wilson, a Pocahontas Democrat, was one of ten state government insiders named in a 133-count indictment in April 1999.

Wilson was sentenced in June 2000 to 70 months in prison for kickbacks he received from the sale of state buildings and schemes to bilk money from state programs benefitting children and injured school workers.

As of Monday, officials say Wilson had repaid $699,435 and still owes $514,733.

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