Ex-Arkansas Treasurer Gets 2 ½ Years in Prison

28 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ex-Arkansas Treasurer Gets 2 ½ Years in Prison.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. LITTLE ROCK — Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after her conviction last year on federal bribery and extortion charges. Shoffner, a Democrat, is to be sentenced Friday after being convicted last year of steering state investments to a broker who gave her $36,000 in cash, sometimes stashed in a pie box. Federal prosecutors recommended a sentence of 15 to nearly 20 years in prison, saying a lighter sentence would send the wrong message about public corruption. Shoffner’s attorneys have argued she should be sentenced to between 12 and 18 months — with half that in home detention — because of her age, her faith, her remorse and the punishment of prosecution that she’s “already endured.”

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