FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a former Arkansas state senator’s request to be released from a federal prison in Oklahoma where he has served just more than one year of an 18-month prison term for fraud and money laundering.
U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes in Fort Smith denied the motion Wednesday in a ruling first reported by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Holmes wrote that Files failed to show he has “exhausted administrative remedies” with the Bureau of Prisons.
Files resigned from the state Senate Jan. 30, 2018, a day after pleading guilty to falsifying bids and pocketing thousands of dollars in state funds intended for the construction of a sports complex.