Plea hearing set for former Arkansas treasurer

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - A change-of-plea hearing has been scheduled for a former Arkansas state treasurer accused of misspending campaign funds on personal items.

Martha Shoffner was convicted earlier this year on 14 bribery and extortion charges and awaits sentencing in that case. She was scheduled to go to trial in December on separate mail fraud charges accusing her of misspending $9,800 in campaign funds on clothing, cosmetics and other personal items.

A court notice filed Thursday says the change-of-plea hearing is set for Monday.

Shoffner resigned last year shortly after her arrest.

She had attempted to plead guilty to the corruption charges that accused her of accepting cash from a bond broker in exchange for steering state business his way. But a federal judge rejected her plea, and that case went to trial.

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