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Ark. state Senate candidate pays fine

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JONESBORO, Ark. -

A Republican candidate for a state Senate seat in Jonesboro says he paid a $21,000 fine for his company's violation of the Arkansas Money Services Act.

Chad Niell of Jonesboro says he paid the fine for Tiger Commissary Services as part of an agreement with the Arkansas Securities Commission.

A consent order says Tiger Commissary unintentionally operated -- without a license -- kiosks at county jails that allowed prisoners to use credit or debit cards.

Niell says he asked state agencies what he needed to do to operate and was told there was nothing for him to do. He says he learned he needed a license earlier this year after a similar company in Pennsylvania was fined.

Niell is one of seven candidates running for the state Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Paul Bookout.

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