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Former N.C. official sentenced for state campaign finance violations

Former state Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps, already serving a four-year federal prison sentence for campaign finance violations, was sentenced Friday to as much as 20 months in prison on related state convictions.

Phipps, the daughter and granddaughter of former governors, is serving her federal sentence at the Alderson, W.Va., Federal Prison Camp for women.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens sentenced Phipps to 16 to 20 months in prison and ordered that the sentence be served concurrently with the federal sentence. ...

According to the federal charges, Phipps accepted two illegal cash contributions. One, totaling $10,000, was received in the spring of 2002; the other was $2,000 that a state fair food concessionaire gave to Phipps at the 2001 state fair.

Federal and state indictments said Phipps took the illegal contributions in exchange for midway contracts at the North Carolina State Fair. Phipps also acknowledged that some of that money was converted to her personal use, and that she falsely testified to state elections officials. -- Phipps sentenced in state court for campaign scandal (AP via Winston-Salem Journal)