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Press Release

Hot Spring County Sheriff Arrested on Criminal Complaint for Obstruction

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Arkansas

HOT SPRINGS, ARDerek Scott Finkbeiner, age 46, was arrested on November 2, 2023, by the FBI. He is charged in a Criminal Complaint with a single count of Obstruction of Justice. Finkbeiner is currently serving as the elected County Sheriff in Hot Spring County, Arkansas.  A Grand Jury will later hear evidence related to this investigation and determine whether additional criminal charges will be filed against Finkbeiner. If convicted of the charge of Obstruction of Justice, Finkbeiner faces a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney David Clay Fowlkes of the Western District of Arkansas made the announcement.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Bryan Achorn, Trent Daniels and Criminal Chief Kim Harris are prosecuting the case.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Related court documents may be found on the Public Access to Electronic Records website @


Contact: Charlie Robbins

Public Affairs Officer

Updated November 6, 2023