LITTLE ROCK — A federal judge has postponed former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner’s trial on mail-fraud charges until Dec. 1.
The case had been scheduled to go to trial Monday in U.S. District Court in Little Rock, less than three weeks after Shoffner was convicted on federal extortion and bribery charges in a separate trial.
U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes on Thursday granted a defense motion to delay the mail-fraud trial, saying he agreed that Shoffner and her lawyer needed more time to prepare.
The government alleges that Shoffner used campaign contributions to make payments on a personal credit card.
A federal jury found Shoffner guilty of 14 counts of bribery and extortion on March 11. Federal prosecutors said she steered a disproportionate amount of the state’s investment business to a broker in exchange for cash bribes that the broker sometimes delivered to her in a pie box. Shoffner has not yet been sentenced in that case.
The former Democratic treasurer resigned May 21, three days after FBI agents arrested her at her Newport home in the bribery case. She was indicted on 10 counts of mail fraud in February.