FEDS: Former Congressman Released From Home Confinement

A former congressman from Eastern Carolina completed his federal prison sentence Tuesday morning.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons tells WITN News that Frank Ballance was released at 7:40 a.m. from home confinement.

The Windsor native pleaded guilty in 2004 to diverting $2.3 million in state funds to his family and others through a charitable organization he helped start.

Ballance served in the General Assembly before being elected to Congress in 2002. He resigned in June 2004, citing his ill health.

He was released from prison on March 23, and was wearing an electronic surveillance bracelet that prevented him from leaving his home.

The former congressman will still be on two years of supervised release.

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