FBI Investigation Targets Arkansas State Senator

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) -- A state senator from Fort Smith is being investigated by the FBI for potential wire fraud and money laundering, court documents state. 

An unsealed search warrant affidavit shows the FBI searched an office at 3203 Waco St. in Fort Smith, which is used as a business office by Foster Files Harris Construction, of which Sen. Jake Files (R-Fort Smith), is a part.

Files released the following statement on the investigation:

"I was recently contacted by law enforcement officials who are investigating allegations of misuse of funds from a GIF grant. I was fully cooperative, and I will continue to be. But I want to make it clear that I have not been charged with any crime and continue to deny the claims that have been alleged. I am confident that when all the facts are brought to light I will be cleared of any appearance of wrongdoing."

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