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Sen. Jake Files sends resignation letter to governor

Sen. Files pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of wire fraud, one count of money laundering, and one count of bank fraud. (Photo courtesy: Arkansas State Legislature)

State Sen. Jake Files, R-Fort Smith, sent his resignation letter to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office late Tuesday afternoon.

In the letter, Files said his last day would be February 9 in order to "tie up any loose ends."

The senator pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of wire fraud, one count of money laundering, and one count of bank fraud.

According to court records, between August 2016 and December 2016, while serving in the Arkansas State Senate, Files used his State Senate office to obtain General Improvement Funds (GIF) “through fraudulent means and for personal gain," the U.S. Western District Attorney’s office announced.

Read more of Files' letter to the governor's office below:

"It has been a privilege to represent Senate District 8 in the Arkansas Senate and to serve the citizens of Arkansas in the Arkansas General Assembly. I am proud of the work we have done together during my tenure. Please accept this as notice of my resignation from the Arkansas Senate, with my last day being Friday, February 9, 2018. This will ensure time to tie up any loose ends. Thank you for your service to our great state."


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