Arkansas Official Reportedly Resigns After Bribery Testimony

Mar 19, 2018

Jefferson County Judge Henry "Hank" Wilkins IV

A newspaper says a former Arkansas lawmaker who became Jefferson County's chief administrative officer will resign after a federal prosecutor revealed the official had received $100,000 in bribes.

The Pine Bluff Commercial reported Monday that County Judge Henry "Hank" Wilkins IV sent a resignation letter to the governor, effective Thursday. In the letter, Wilkins said he was sorry his own actions made the resignation necessary.

A federal prosecutor said in a Missouri courtroom Friday that Wilkins had admitted his Pine Bluff church had taken money from an indicted lobbyist while he was in the Arkansas Legislature. Wilkins has not been charged with a crime.

Wilkins did not return calls left for him at his county office and on his cell phone Monday. Wilkins said last month he wouldn't seek re-election.