Man Sentenced In Arkansas Election Fraud Case

May 22, 2013

A man who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in an election fraud case involving a former east Arkansas lawmaker has been sentenced to three years of probation, including more than seven months of home confinement.

Federal court records show that Sam Malone also was ordered this week to complete 100 hours of community service before the end of his probation.

Malone pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge in September, along with former Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum, Hallum's father and another man.

Prosecutors said the Hallums instructed Malone and another man to bribe voters and use absentee ballots to commit fraud.

Rep. Fred Smith won the seat last year after another judge ordered votes not be counted for Hallum. Hallum is scheduled to be sentenced June 20 in Little Rock.