Former Arkansas treasurer faces more federal charges

LITTLE ROCK, AR  (KAIT) – Former Arkansas State Treasurer Martha Shoffner, 69, was charged with 10 counts of mail fraud by a federal grand jury Thursday.

Shoffner, a Newport native, was already charged with six counts of extortion under color of official right and one count of attempted extortion. She was also charged with seven counts of receipt of a bribe by an agent of a state government receiving federal funds.

According to a news release by U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer, Shoffner used $9,800 in campaign money for personal expenses related to a Wells Fargo credit card. The release alleged Shoffner used the money to buy clothes, beauty products and other personal expenses.

Thyer said the FBI, Arkansas State Police, Pulaski County Sheriff's Office and Little Rock Police Department assisted in the investigation.

If convicted of mail fraud, Shoffner faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Shoffner is set to appear in U.S. District Court on March 3, 2014.

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