Corruption

Jo Nell Mallory
Saline Co. Sheriff's Office

A former Saline County chief deputy has been given probation after pleading guilty to a felony charge of abuse of public trust.

Jo Nell Mallory pleaded guilty Thursday in Saline County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the sheriff's office. The 62-year-old Mallory was accused of waiving a criminal fine in exchange for having new tile flooring installed in her home. She was also accused of taking money from telephone kiosks at the sheriff's office and the county jail.

Martha Shoffner
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.

andrea davis dustin mcdaniel
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A central Arkansas lawyer whose relationship with former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel led him to withdraw from the race for governor is being allowed to voluntarily surrender her law license.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday granted Andrea Davis' petition to surrender her license. Davis told the court that her license has been suspended since February 2014, and she is hoping the surrender will void five pending grievances against her at the Office of Professional Conduct.

Dennis Milligan treasurer
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has dropped eight of the 13 allegations from its investigation of Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.

Milligan's former campaign staff filed more than a dozen amended campaign finance reports on Friday to address complaints filed by Little Rock attorney and blogger Matt Campbell.

Under ethics law reforms passed by voters last year, Milligan had 30 days to fix any unintentional reporting violations and the Ethics Commission then does not take action on those matters.

Martha Shoffner
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is to face a federal sentencing hearing at 9 a.m. Friday in Little Rock.

Shoffner was convicted last year of bribery and extortion and is to appear in the courtroom of of U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes.

Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Little Rock lawyer and blogger Matt Campbell has filed a 113-page ethics complaint against State Treasurer Dennis Milligan and several staff members listing 14 separate allegations.

Martha Shoffner (D)
Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Federal prosecutors say a former Arkansas treasurer convicted of steering state investments to a broker who gave her cash should be sentenced to 15 to 20 years in prison.

In court papers filed Monday, they argue that a lesser sentence could send the message that public officials are above the law.

Prosecutors said that the sentence backed by former Treasurer Martha Shoffner's attorneys in her bribery and extortion conviction was too lenient. Shoffner's attorneys say she should get 12 to 18 months, with half in home detention.

Martha Shoffner
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

An attorney for former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is objecting to a presentencing report that suggests she spend at least 15 years in prison for bribery and extortion convictions.

Attorney Chuck Banks filed an objection Friday to the report in U.S. District Court. Banks says a more appropriate sentence would be about 12 to 18 months, with half served in home detention.

Shoffner was convicted last year on 14 bribery and extortion charges. Prosecutors say she illegally steered state business to a bond broker who gave her cash.

Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The deputy chief of staff for Arkansas' treasurer has been suspended with pay pending an internal investigation into campaign-related emails.

Treasurer Dennis Milligan said Monday that deputy chief of staff Jason Brady was suspended Friday.

Spokesman Grant Wallace said the review covers emails sent in 2013 and 2014 to Milligan's campaign from Brady's account at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, where Brady was a lobbyist. The nonprofit cannot engage in political activity.

A former central Arkansas circuit court judge has voluntarily surrendered his license to avoid a disciplinary hearing.

The Arkansas Supreme Court accepted the surrender Thursday from Michael Maggio, barring him from practicing law in Arkansas. The Faulkner County judge pleaded guilty to bribery earlier this year.

Maggio pleaded guilty in January for accepting campaign donations from a nursing home owner and a lobbyist in exchange for reducing the award from a wrongful death lawsuit. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

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