Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner To Begin Prison Sentence

Nov 2, 2015

Former Treasurer Martha Shoffner leaving federal court in a file photo from March 2014.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A former Arkansas treasurer convicted of bribery and extortion charges is scheduled to begin her 30-month federal prison sentence.

U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes allowed former treasurer Martha Shoffner about 60 days from her August sentencing to get her affairs in order and report to Carswell federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas, by Monday.

Pat Harris, first assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, said Monday that no further extensions had been granted and that prisoners are usually required to report by 2 p.m. to start their sentence. A phone message left with Shoffner's attorney, Chuck Banks, was not immediately returned Monday.

The Democrat was accused of steering state investments to a broker who gave her $36,000 in cash, some of which was delivered in a pie box.