A former Arkansas lawmaker has been charged with conspiracy in an alleged bribery scheme with an ex-judge who admitted to lowering a jury’s award in a negligence lawsuit in exchange for campaign contributions.
A federal indictment unsealed Friday shows former state Sen. Gilbert Baker was also charged with bribery and wire fraud in connection to the scheme involving former Judge Michael Maggio. Maggio admitted in 2015 to accepting campaign donations from a nursing home company owner, then reducing a judgment against that company from $5.2 million to $1 million.
The indictment alleges Baker conspired with Maggio to direct the owner’s contributions to the judge. The contributions were funneled to Maggio through eight political action committees that Baker had an attorney set up.
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