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State's $25,931 went to senator, affidavit says

Entry of fictitious bids’ noted; just ‘ the same story,’ Files says

By Dave Hughes

This article was published August 22, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Jake Files



FORT SMITH -- State Sen. Jake Files, R-Fort Smith, put to his own uses more than $25,000 in state General Improvement Fund money he had obtained for a softball sports complex he was involved in developing, according to an affidavit filed Monday in U.S. District Court regarding a federal search warrant.



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JIMBOB47 says... August 22, 2017 at 5:36 a.m.

This crook should be in jail already. Seems to me enough evidence is clearly documented. Why are the prosecutors sitting on their hands?

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RBear says... August 22, 2017 at 7:42 a.m.

Hopefully this will lead to his removal from office and some conviction.

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RBBrittain says... August 22, 2017 at 7:42 a.m.

JIMBOB47, the prosecutors need ALL the facts from the FBI before they can move. It's just like Trump: A lot of us wanna get rid of him now, but those with the authority (mainly Congress) need Bob Mueller to finish his investigation first. If you make an arrest without ALL the facts you can be sued, as the city of Centerton discovered in another article in today's paper (where they arrested a Fayetteville High football star who turned out to have no connection whatsoever to the robbery they were investigating).

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2531USMC says... August 22, 2017 at 7:58 a.m.

Ifs my sincere hope that this quickly goes to trial, and if found guilty he receives the maximum amount of time in prison. Today's politicanns have come to believe they are above the law. It's way past time to make some serious examples of these people.

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TimberTopper says... August 22, 2017 at 8:12 a.m.

Ah yes, another Republican Senator from the western side of Arkansas in on the take. Seems to be a fever for that in west Arkansas so far. Bet he was in on putting up the 10 commandments and was at church every time the doors were open. Pillar of the community, is probably what was thought of him. Seems at this rate there may not be enough Republicans to fill the House and Senate in the next few years.

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Whippersnapper says... August 22, 2017 at 9:20 a.m.

Files is a scumbag. I have emails where the questionable A&P commission in Fort Smith credits him with killing legislation that would have made it harder for them to suck tax dollars away for their own benefit. But wait, he's doing that himself (just with a different pool of tax dollars)! Scumbag extraordinaire.

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NoUserName says... August 22, 2017 at 10:06 a.m.

General Improvement fund needs to be shut down and audited. Surprising that there is nothing from Asa. These guys are simply stealing. Files needs to be incarcerated for a long time...and probably will be.

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ZeebronZ says... August 22, 2017 at 1:21 p.m.

And yet another state official who thought they could use their position to profit from the pocket of the public. Bon Voyage.

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TrumpJongDum says... August 22, 2017 at 7:03 p.m.

Glad another crook is caught! I get so sick of the people betraying the trust of the citizens. Throw the book at him!!!

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