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Arkansas treasurer remains in Pulaski County Jail

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is to appear in federal court to answer federal extortion charges but authorities are withholding details about the alleged crimes.

Shoffner, a Democrat, was arrested at her Newport home on Saturday and remained jailed on Sunday. Her hearing is to be held Monday. An FBI spokeswoman would not release details in support of the charges.

Sen. Jason Rapert, a Conway Republican, who sponsored a bill overhauling the treasurer's office, says Shoffner should resign.

Rapert credited three workers in Shoffner's office for bringing allegations to light. But he says 2 of the workers were forced out.

Auditors found Shoffner sold bonds before they matured, costing the state a return of more than $434,000.

Gov. Mike Beebe's office says he's withholding comment until Shoffner's charging documents are released.

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