Government Details Evidence For Martha Shoffner Trial

Feb 17, 2014

Martha Shoffner leaving a federal court hearing with her attorney last June.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to approve some of the evidence they plan to introduce in former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner's extortion and bribery trial next month.

The government on Monday outlined how it plans to introduce evidence that Shoffner accepted more than $36,000 from a bond broker to whom she's accused of steering state business.

Shoffner is to be tried March 3 on a 14-count indictment. She is to be tried later on 10 counts of mail fraud for allegedly illegally spending $9,800 from her campaign account.

Prosecutors say they want to demonstrate that, among other things, Shoffner took money and a cell phone from the broker as part of the bribery and extortion scheme.

Shoffner's lawyer earlier requested that the government provide details about its case.