Arkansas lawmaker pleads guilty in fraud case, resigning

Posted: January 30, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Jake Files, a Republican state senator representing District 8, walks Monday into the Judge Isaac C. Parker Federal Building in Fort Smith, where he pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.

FORT SMITH -- State Sen. Jake Files pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to felony charges of wire fraud, money laundering and bank fraud for pocketing state money he obtained for a Fort Smith softball complex project and for pledging a forklift he didn't own as collateral on a bank loan.

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