John Lovett reports for the Times Record in Fort Smith that former Republican Sen. Jake Files reported Thursday to serve an 18-month federal prison sentence for stealing state General Improvement Fund money.
Files checked in about noon at the federal prison in El Reno, Okla.
He’s the first GIF thief to go to prison, but there are more to come. Sentencing is later this month for former Democratic Sen. Hank Wilkins and sentencing is set in September for former Republican Sen. Jon Woods and two former
Also remaining under investigation is an unexplained wire transfer of $80,000 Files received from a nursing home owner while he was trying to salvage his failing construction business. Files backed measures supported by the nursing home lobby to limit their exposure to lawsuits.