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Phipps sentenced to four years

A judge sentenced former state Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps to four years in federal prison Tuesday for her role in taking more than $82,500 in illegal campaign contributions from state fair carnival operators.

U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard also ordered Phipps, 48, whose father and grandfather were North Carolina governors, to pay a $25,000 fine and serve two years of supervised probation following her release.

Phipps, a Democrat, previously had agreed to forfeit $25,000 that the government said she received illegally. -- Phipps sentenced to four years for campaign finance scandal (AP)