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Fort Smith Ordered to Pay Contractors Who Worked on Failed Sports Complex

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFTA) -- A court jury has ruled that Fort Smith must pay more than $200,000 to contractors who worked on a failed sports complex headed by former state senator Jake Files.

The companies sued the city for breach of contract.

The complex was funded by Fort Smith and private donations.

Officials for the city argued that Files and his business partner Lee Webb, as project managers, should be responsible for paying the companies.

But the jury said the company oversaw the two and should pay the bills.

Files was convicted of wire fraud earlier this year and is currently serving an 18-month prison sentence.


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