Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner Faces New Charges

Feb 6, 2014

Martha Shoffner (D)
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who resigned last year after an FBI investigation alleged she had been accepting bribes, was presented with new charges late Thursday afternoon. A federal grand jury is charging Shoffner with ten counts of mail fraud related to the misuse of campaign funds. 

These latest allegations are in addition to six counts of extortion, one count of attempted extortion, and seven counts of receiving bribes - contained in pie boxes.

A statement released by US District Attorney Christopher Thyer, in conjunction with the Little Rock Field Office of the FBI, says the former state treasurer mailed $9,800 worth of campaign funds to a personal credit card from 2010 to 2011. Purchases included clothing, cosmetics, and other personal expenses. Shoffner’s position as treasurer paid just over $54,000 a year.

Mail fraud sentences can be no more than 20 years in prison and a fine of no more than $250,000. Her trial is set for March 3rd this year before US District Judge J. Leon Holmes.

Click here to view Christopher Thyer's press release.