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Ag Commissioner going for a ride, but not at the fair

AP reports,

Former state Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps was convicted Thursday of perjury and obstruction of justice, and will spend time in jail while awaiting sentencing.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ordered Phipps held in the Wake County jail until a Nov. 12 sentencing hearing. He refused a request from Phipps' attorneys to reconsider his decision, but could consider future motions to release her on bail.

The jury found Phipps guilty of four of five charges: perjury, aiding and abetting perjury, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Jurors acquitted her on a single count of suborning perjury.

Witnesses testified that Phipps lied to cover up unreported cash campaign contributions and illegal payments her campaign made to help repay the campaign debt of one-time political rival and former aide Bobby McLamb.

The contributions came from carnival vendors interested in winning contracts to do business at the N.C. State Fair.