Ark. health firms owner sentenced to 7 years for bribery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The owner of two Arkansas mental health companies has been sentenced to seven years in prison for bribing a top official at the state's Human Services Department.               

Prosecutors say Ted Suhl of Warm Springs was sentenced Thursday after being convicted in July of honest services wire fraud, interstate travel in aid of bribery and bribery involving federal program funds.               

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Givens says Suhl is to report to prison Jan. 3.               

Suhl was accused of paying thousands of dollars to a former DHS deputy director in exchange for helping Suhl's companies, which received more than $90 million in Medicaid funds.               

An attorney for Suhl did not immediately return a phone call for comment, however a document filed in the case Thursday says Suhl intends to appeal the convictions.

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