The former state treasurer, convicted in March 2014 of six counts of extortion, one count of attempted extortion and seven counts of bribery, is scheduled to begin her 30-month sentence in federal prison next Monday.
Prosecutors scored point after point Friday, but U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes sentenced former State Treasurer Martha Shoffner to 30 months in federal prison — less than half the time that the U.S. Attorney's office sought.
A federal judge on Monday rejected Martha Shoffner's plea of guilty to a single count of mail fraud because the former state treasurer could not admit that she raised campaign funds with the intention of spending the money on personal expenses.
Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner, already awaiting trial on the bribery and extortion charges that prompted her resignation last year, was indicted Thursday on 10 counts of mail fraud. The indictment alleges that Shoffner used $9,800 in campaign funds from her treasurer re-election campaign for personal expenses, including clothing and cosmetics.
Brandon Barber’s story is a sad one: A supercharged business career fueled by pride, family connections and bank fraud that flamed out before he was 35. Gambling debts, hot checks, DWIs, divorce, bankruptcy. It would make a dandy Greek tragedy if the protagonist had shown more potential for true greatness, rather than reckless opportunism, in the first place.
In an unexpected move that "embarrassed" her attorney, former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner withdrew a planned guilty plea Friday afternoon because she said she didn't demand the bribes she admitted taking.