Arkansas AG, Ross, Beebe say state treasurer should resign

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Several Arkansas leaders say Treasurer Martha Shoffner should resign after she allegedly took cash payments from a broker who invested state money.

    Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and state GOP Chairman Doyle Webb said Monday that Shoffner, a Democrat, ought to resign immediately.

    Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, told reporters Monday that Shoffner should step down immediately.

    Mike Ross, Democratic candidate for governor of Arkansas, released the following statement after Shoffner's arrest:

    "Our elected officials must be held to the highest possible standard, and they must have the people's absolute trust and confidence in order to effectively do their jobs. It has become clear that Martha Shoffner's arrest and legal problems have broken the public's trust. I believe it is in the best interest of the Treasurer's Office and the state of Arkansas for her to resign immediately."

    An affidavit filed in federal court Monday says Shoffner accepted multiple payments of $6,000 cash that was sometimes hidden in a pie box. The affidavit says Shoffner admitted to authorities that it was wrong to accept the cash.

    Shoffner was arrested on an extortion charge on Saturday and is expected to appear in court Monday.

    Shoffner was criticized in a legislative audit last year for bond sales that blocked the state from earning more than $400,000.

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