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story.lead_photo.caption Oren Paris III (right) and attorney Greg Payne of the Story Law Firm leave federal court Wednesday in Fayetteville after Paris pleaded guilty to fraud and agreed to testify against his co-defendants. - Photo by David Gottschalk

Oren Paris III, former president of Ecclesia College in Springdale, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a fraud charge in a kickback scheme involving state grants for his school.

Fast facts

Ecclesia College is a work-learning college, which allows students to earn money toward tuition and graduate with much less debt than the average university student, according to the school website.

It offers three associate of arts degrees, 12 bachelor degrees and one graduate degree.

The school was founded in 1975.

Ecclesia is accredited with The Association for Biblical Higher Education and a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Source: Staff report

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Former state Sen. John Woods leaves federal court Wednesday in Fayetteville with his attorneys. Woods is scheduled to go on trial Monday on fraud charges.
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Randell Shelton Jr. walks Wednesday, April 4, 2018, from the John Paul Hammerschmidt Federal Building in Fayetteville. Shelton is scheduled to go on trial Monday on fraud charges.

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