Tagged: martha shoffner

Securities Department Goes After Firm That Did Business With Martha Shoffner's Office

by Gwen Moritz 3/11/2014 9:06 am

Robert Keenan, CEO of St. Bernard Financial Services, says the state Securities Department is retaliating for an ethics complaint he filed against Heath Abshure, although he was given notice of the department's plans before he filed the complaint.

Steele Stephens: Gave Payments, Received $2.5M in State Commissions

by Associated Press 3/10/2014 6:25 pm

A broker who says he gave $36,000 to Arkansas' former treasurer to help her during a rough patch testified at her federal corruption trial Monday that he received around $2.5 million in commissions for business he did for the state.

Steele Stephens: Martha Shoffner Took $6K at Arkansas Capitol

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 3/7/2014 11:33 am

A broker who handled a large share of Arkansas' bond business says he gave the state's former treasurer $6,000 at her Capitol office because she needed help through a rough patch in her life.

Witnesses Portray Martha Shoffner As Cranky, Demanding

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 3/7/2014 8:30 am

Federal prosecutors drew testimony Thursday from current and former Arkansas treasurer's office employees about how the state missed profit opportunities by selling bonds early and angry outbursts by former Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who is accused of illegally accepting $36,000 from a bond dealer.

Witness Testimony Begins in Martha Shoffner Trial

by Associated Press 3/6/2014 11:28 am

The first witness in the federal bribery trial of former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner told jurors about the particulars of how state bond trades are made.

Government Starts Presenting Case Against Martha Shoffner

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 3/6/2014 8:26 am

Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented starkly different interpretations Wednesday of what it meant that former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner accepted $36,000 from a bond dealer who did a disproportionate amount of business with the state.

Defense Reveals Broker's Name in Martha Shoffner Trial

by Associated Press 3/5/2014 2:36 pm

The defense attorney for former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner has revealed the name of the bond broker who has immunity to testify in Shoffner's federal bribery trial.

Start of Martha Shoffner Trial Moved to Wednesday

by Associated Press 3/3/2014 5:27 pm

The trial of former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner on 14 federal extortion and bribery charges has been delayed because potential jurors could not travel to the courthouse safely.

Update: Martha Shoffner to Start Trial Tuesday on 14 Corruption Counts

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 3/3/2014 5:50 am

Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner heads to federal court this week on charges she took $36,000 from a bond broker who did business with the state.

Martha Shoffner Pleads Not Guilty to New Mail Fraud Counts

by Gwen Moritz 2/27/2014 10:37 am

Former State Treasurer Martha Shoffner pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to 10 counts of mail fraud, charges that were added earlier this month to a pending indictment for bribery and extortion.

Martha Shoffner Seeks Dismissal of Corruption Charges

by Associated Press 2/23/2014 2:07 pm

Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is asking a federal judge to throw out corruption charges on which she is to be tried in a little over a week.

Judge Excludes Some Evidence From Martha Shoffner Trial

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 2/20/2014 10:54 am

A federal judge on Wednesday granted a request by former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner to exclude some evidence in her corruption trial next month.

Misused Campaign Cash, 'Drop Phone' Among Government's Evidence Against Martha Shoffner

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 2/18/2014 7:11 am

Federal prosecutors filed court papers Monday seeking permission to introduce evidence at the bribery and extortion trial of former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner that would show the steps she took when allegedly accepting more than $36,000 from a bond broker.

Judge Orders Separate Trial on New Martha Shoffner Counts

by Associated Press 2/14/2014 1:46 pm

A federal judge on Friday granted former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner's request to stand trial separately on mail fraud counts alleging she misspent campaign funds that were recently added to the list of other corruption charges she faces.

Martha Shoffner Seeks Separate Trial on New Charges

by Associated Press 2/10/2014 2:05 pm

Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is asking for a separate trial on new charges accusing her of improper spending from her campaign account.

Update: Martha Shoffner Indicted On 10 Counts of Mail Fraud

by Lance Turner and Gwen Moritz 2/7/2014 3:08 pm

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.

Arkansas Democrats Seek Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's Resignation

by Associated Press 12/31/2013 9:28 am

The Democratic Party of Arkansas is calling on Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign after the Ethics Commission said he agreed to pay $11,000 in fines to settle claims that he misspent campaign funds and failed to keep complete records.

Audit Shows $12K in Improper Spending; Mark Darr Says He'll Repay

by Associated Press 12/12/2013 5:37 pm

A state audit says Lt. Gov. Mark Darr received more than $12,000 in improper expenses, including excess travel expenses and improper use of his state credit card. Darr says he intends to make full restitution to the state.

Shine Light on Private Attorney Contracting (Tiger Joyce Commentary)

by Tiger Joyce 10/28/2013 12:00 am

In a perfect world, politicians’ devotion to the public interest would always trump their self-interest. But we don’t live in a perfect world.

Book On Out of There (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/26/2013 12:00 am

Campaign finance laws can seem arcane and unnecessarily complex, but the concept is not unique to politicians. Fiduciaries, brokers, agents, trustees, attorneys — even borrowers — are also entrusted with other people’s money for limited and specific purposes. Campaign contributions do not, and should not, become personal income to provide public servants with more comfortable standards of living than they have otherwise earned.


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