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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is to make a court appearance later this month to answer a new indictment that charges her with improper spending from her campaign account.
        
    The U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday that Shoffner is to appear before a magistrate judge on Feb. 27.
        
    Shoffner is scheduled for trial next month on charges she accepted cash payments from a broker to whom she steered state investments.
        
    On Thursday, prosecutors revealed that Shoffner faces 10 counts of mail fraud, in addition to the earlier charges. She is accused of spending $9,800 from her successful 2010 re-election campaign on personal items, such as clothing and cosmetics.
        
    The 69-year-old Shoffner is set for trial on March 3 on her original charges. Her lawyer says he won't likely seek a delay.

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