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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Arkansas

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fort Smith Man Arraigned on Charges of Defrauding Investors and the Department of Health and Human Services

            Fort Smith, Arkansas - Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that William Jackson Moates, Jr., age 49, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark Ford for arraignment on a 25 count Indictment charging him with Money Laundering, Wire Fraud, Theft Concerning a Program Receiving Federal Funds, Mail Fraud, Bank Fraud, and Theft or Embezzlement from Employee Benefit Plan.      

            The charges in an indictment are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless or until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

            This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector General, and the Department of Labor – Employee Benefits Security Administration.  Assistant United States Attorney Aaron Jennen is prosecuting the case for the United States.

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Financial Fraud
Updated May 17, 2016