Judge Denies Shoffner Request to Dismiss Charges

- LITTLE ROCK, AR - A federal judge Thursday denied a motion from attorneys for former state treasurer Martha Shoffner to dismiss ten mail fraud charges.

Shoffner appeared in federal court earlier in the day for a reading of the charges against her.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas, handed up the indictment against the former state treasurer earlier this month.

The allegations revolve around Shoffner's alleged misuse of campaign funds while in office.

Shoffner resigned as state treasurer in May 2013 after being arrested at her Newport home by FBI agents as part of a pay to play scheme.

Prosecutors allege Shoffner used her position as a constitutional officer to steer state investment business to a broker in exchange for rent money for an apartment in Little Rock.

The trial on those allegations begin Monday at the federal courthouse in Little Rock.

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