Former Arkansas senator Jon Woods’s trial is shedding light on additional misdeeds.
In a 37-count Information, workers’ compensation applicant attorney Woods was charged for conspiring to violate and breaching several insurance fraud statutes.
Weed was accused of compensating Carlos Arguello in return for client referrals in violation of the law. Woos was also accused of receiving remuneration in exchange for referring business to many companies.
Woods was one of sixteen defendants accused as a result of a significant investigation undertaken by the OCDA Bureau of Investigation.
Woods was found guilty in early August and is currently awaiting punishment.
A petition for a fresh trial for Woods, who is now incarcerated, was refused.
His attorney, John Wesley Hall, has appealed the rejection by filing a new request for a new trial.
Woods was found guilty of wire fraud for receiving bribes from Ecclesia College in exchange for delivering state monies to the institution. According to the Arkansas Times, he is serving an 18-year term in jail.
During his tenure as an Arkansas state senator from 2013 to 2017, Woods was the first politician in the state to support Donald Trump for president.
However, Woods continues his efforts to get his convictions reversed.
He continues to challenge his conviction, citing the deletion of certain evidence.
The evidence was stored on the computer’s hard disk.
The hard disk was completely erased.
The Blaze stated that the computer had audio files of discussions between Woods and another Arkansas politician, state Rep. Micah Neal.
A total of 119 computer recordings were requested by the court.
The recordings were “secretly recorded conversations between former State Assemblyman Micah Neal and Woods that were intended by Neal to help investigators and ease his own sentence,” World Time todays reported.
On January 4, 2017, Neal pled guilty to counts of conspiracy to conduct honest services fraud.
Neal captured the talks pertaining to this problem using an audio recorder disguised as a pen.
And now there are confessions regarding the whereabouts of the tapes.
Robert Cessario, a former FBI special agent, has acknowledged to deleting evidence in the 2018 corruption prosecution of a former Arkansas state senator.
His admission of destroying material that might incriminate pro-Trump Woods.
A further link between the two guys has now been revealed.
“Cessario, who attended and conducted part of an interview with woods on November 11, 2015, not only knew woods’ attorney, WH Taylor, ESQ. but had also been represented by Taylor. A year earlier, Taylor was serving in a divorce case on behalf of Cessario.”
So the previous lawyer for Woods, Taylor, not only represented Cessario in his own divorce proceedings, but later told Woods to meet with the FBI agent without legal counsel present.
“Taylor is said to have instructed his new client, Woods, to meet with Cessario without a legal representative on numerous occasions.”
Robert Cessario pleaded guilty to a charge of “corrupt destruction of record in an official proceeding” on Wednesday, according to KATV-TV.
Cessario was quick to come clean on the activities.
He waived indictment and accepted a plea bargain with prosecutors in doing so.
The former agent admitted to deleting files requested by a federal court for analysis in the trial of Arkansas state Sen. Jon Woods, and made these remarks about his part in the erasing of evidence.
“Questions arose in the case about when and in what manner I had obtained the recordings,” Cessaria stated.
“Therefore, the court ordered that the computer be forensically examined by the FBI.
On December 4, 2017, before taking it for forensic examination, I took the computer to a business and paid the business to ‘wipe’ the computer. To completely erase the contents of the hard drive.”
Apparently, Cessario had a backup plan about the evidence.
Cessario provided 39 of the 199 recordings that were previously on the computer sought by the prosecution, copying files before all files were wiped at a computer shop, Western Journal reports.
Admission by Cessario included specific statements:
“I erased the contents of the computer hard [drive] knowing that the court [had] ordered that the computer be submitted for a forensic examination,” Cessario stated as part of the plea deal.
“I did so with the intention of making the contents of the computer’s hard unavailable for forensic examination. At the time, I knew that the contents of the hard drive were relevant to an official proceeding.”
“I corruptly performed and had performed, the erasures with intent to impair the integrity and availability of the computer hard drive and its contents for use in that official proceeding.”
Cessario faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000 and up to 3 years of supervised release. He will be sentenced at a later date, according to the documents.
Under the agreement, the judge will impose any fine, community service, and home confinement that he deems appropriate.