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.
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
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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