Hutchinson To Resign From Arkansas Senate

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A 15-page unsealed federal indictment against Senator Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, alleges that the Arkansas lawmaker who was first elected to the Arkansas senate in 2012 devised a scheme to steal thousands of dollars from campaign funds to spend on everything from cruises and travel expenses to utility bills and Netflix fees.

On Friday afternoon (Aug. 31), the office of U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland for the Eastern District of Arkansas announced that a federal grand jury had issued a 12-count indictment that charges Hutchinson with eight counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns.

Those allegations later caused the Little Rock senator to issue a one-paragraph letter of resignation to his uncle, Governor Asa Hutchinson, President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang and House Speaker Matthew Shepherd late Friday afternoon following a steady stream of statements from political foes, friends and party leaders asking him to step down.   MORE

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