Tagged: martha shoffner

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.

After Ethics Fine, Paul Bookout Resigns From Arkansas Senate

by Associated Press 8/21/2013 7:19 am

Paul Bookout, a Democratic state senator from northeast Arkansas, resigned after an ethics panel said he spent thousands of dollars from his re-election campaign on personal items such as women's clothing and home theater equipment. "It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of the state of Arkansas," Bookout, who's been in the Senate since 2006, wrote.

Nine Lives, All Used Up (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/5/2013 12:00 am

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.

Duncan Baird Announces Bid for Arkansas Treasurer

by Associated Press 7/31/2013 1:00 pm

State Rep. Duncan Baird says he's seeking the Republican nomination for state treasurer next year.

Hewlett-Packard, Davy Carter, Martha Shoffner & More in Your Week in Review

by Lance Turner 7/13/2013 8:54 am

Your "Arkansas Business/THV 11 News Week in Review" looks back on Hewlett-Packard, a promotion for Davy Carter, a trial date for Martha Shoffner and tough times for Wal-Mart in D.C.

Judge Moves Martha Shoffner's Trial to March 3, 2014

by Associated Press 7/9/2013 3:53 pm

A federal judge has delayed until next year former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner's trial over charges she steered state investments to a bond broker who paid her more than $36,000 in cash.

Martha Shoffner Seeks Delay in Bribery Trial

by Associated Press 7/2/2013 7:51 pm

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is asking a federal judge to delay her trial over charges she steered state investments to a bond broker who paid her more than $36,000 in cash.

Video: Home BancShares, Martha Shoffner and Paula Deen in Your Week in Review

by Lance Turner 6/29/2013 8:52 am

Home BancShares' historic deal, the end of Wal-Mart's deal with Paula Deen, no deal for Martha Shoffner, and a bad deal for workers at Nordex in Jonesboro. Here's your "Arkansas Business-THV 11 News Week in Review."

Update: Martha Shoffner Pleads Not Guilty, Trial Set for July 29

by Mark Friedman and Lance Turner 6/27/2013 10:14 am

In hearing that lasted less than five minutes on Thursday, former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner pleaded not guilty to 14 federal counts of extortion and bribery.

Filing: Martha Shoffner Plans to Plead Not Guilty

by Associated Press 6/24/2013 10:37 am

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner says she plans to plead not guilty to charges she accepted cash payments from a bond broker to whom she steered state investments, but a federal judge says she can't skip a hearing to enter that plea.

Video: Martha Shoffner, UALR, ASU & More in the Arkansas Business Week in Review

by Lance Turner 6/8/2013 10:43 am

Today in the Arkansas Business Week in Review on THV 11 News: Martha Shoffner's legal woes multiply, UALR announces a new high-tech center, ASU studies adding a new medical school in Jonesboro and much more.

Martha Shoffner Due Back in Court June 27

by Associated Press 6/7/2013 11:23 am

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is due in court later this month over charges she accepted cash payments from a bond broker to whom she steered state investments.

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner

by Gwen Moritz 6/5/2013 3:42 pm

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who last week withdrew a planned guilty plea to a single federal charge of extortion, was indicted by a federal grand jury on 14 counts.

Mike Beebe Goes No-Frills with Treasurer Pick (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/3/2013 7:36 am

To replace a state treasurer who resigned over accusations she accepted cash payments from an investment broker, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe went with a pick as low-key as the office itself. He chose a veteran auditor who was so certain he was done with the Capitol that he gave away all but one of his suits to charity.

'Solid' Choice for Arkansas Treasurer (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/3/2013 12:00 am

The adjective that keeps being used to describe Arkansas’ new state treasurer, Charles Robinson, is “solid.” We like the sound of that, mainly because it’s a word that was never used to describe his disgraced predecessor, Martha Shoffner.

Housing Woes Plagued Cash-Strapped Martha Shoffner

by George Waldon 6/3/2013 12:00 am

Official corruption is generally associated with a desire for personal enrichment. But in the case of Martha Shoffner, the payoffs were small and, according to the FBI, driven primarily by housing concerns.