Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Sun News | 10/13/2005 | Ex-Rep. Ballance gets jail term for conspiracy

The Sun News | 10/13/2005 | North Carolina: "Ex-Rep. Ballance gets jail term for conspiracy

Former Rep. Frank Ballance was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for conspiring to divert taxpayer money to his law firm and family through a charitable organization he helped start.

Ballance, 63, a longtime state legislator before being elected to Congress, has until Dec. 30 to turn himself in, U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle ruled.

Ballance also agreed to repay $61,917.25 and to forfeit $203,000 in a bank escrow account in the name of the John A. Hyman Memorial Foundation. The forfeited funds will be returned to N.C. taxpayers, prosecutor Dennis Duffy said."

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