Dan Kane of the N&O has the details on the three indictments just handed down to close associates of Gov. Bev Perdue.
A Wake County grand jury today handed down indictments alleging that a top aide to Gov. Bev Perdue’s 2008 campaign schemed to pay a staffer $32,000 for work that was kept off the books in violation of state election laws.
The new charges, all felonies, are part of a long-running investigation into Perdue campaign activities that have focused on expenditures that would have triggered election law violations for exceeding the limit on personal donations if they had been reported. Earlier this year a retired state magistrate was charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly trying to hide an illegal campaign flight.
Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby has said that Perdue, a former lieutenant governor and state lawmaker, is not a target of the probe, but today’s indictment reached into the campaign’s inner circle.
The indictments include three counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of causing false campaign reports to be filed. For the details, read Kane’s full article here.