Ex-NC Congressman Says He Was Targeted Unfairly

A former North Carolina congressman now out of federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy says prosecutors targeted him unfairly.

Democrat Frank Ballance was released from home confinement last month after serving 3 1/2 years. He told WRAL-TV in an interview aired that Tuesday that he never should have been behind bars.

He pleaded guilty in 2004 to conspiring to divert taxpayer money to his family and others through a charitable organization he helped start while in the state Legislature.

Ballance said he didn't get a fair shake and prosecutors threatened to charge his elderly mother unless he pleaded guilty.

U.S. Attorney George Holding in Raleigh said there was no evidence that statements in court wrongly swayed Ballance's case.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Whezza Location: Martin County on Jul 12, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    Frankie "Boy" what a joke you are. You stole all that money and now you are hiding behind your mothers apron strings. Grow Up! You took the money and gave it to family members for jobs they didn't do all while you where suppose to be representing the taxpayers. You are just another convict crying "foul" You where in a federal prision when you should have been put in a prision in the NCDOC. You should still be in prison, matter of fact why dont you return all that money you took or start picking up trash on the side of the road in Bertie County. You are nothing but a common thief and just because you are black you think you should receive special treatment. Suck it up and stop complaining, you did the crime...and got caught....you did the time (JOKE) and you still have the money. Shut up and go away!
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 10, 2009 at 11:45 AM
    He pled quilty. He should have spent his entire time in jail. I read somewhere that an average of 7 crimes committed before a person is caught. As usual it was someone else's fault.
  • by Tom Location: Goldsboro on Jul 10, 2009 at 06:04 AM
    You gotta love this clown....but you know, there are some idiots out there that will believe this crap. I say give him a new trial....and when he's found guilty, give him credit for the time he did pull...and then let him serve out the rest of the new prison sentence! Ballance, you're a weasel.
  • by alex Location: vanceboro on Jul 9, 2009 at 06:05 PM
    the only one who didnt get a fair shake are the simple minded people who actually believe this crook.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    It's not "pass the boundaries", it's "past the boundaries". If he has a problem, call Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. They should be back in New York after the circus that was the "Respect And Legacy Inducing Memorial Jubilee" to the Gloved One.
  • by Anonymous Location: Misspelled on Jul 8, 2009 at 09:39 PM
    I can relate to his statement. Blacks in the rural eastern part of nc are not to go pass the boundaries set by our "true white leaders." It doesn't matter the education or background. Once deemed "no longer needed" you're "IT" And the big thing about this it's not really about color, but who you are and what you stand for and WHO YOU KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 8, 2009 at 09:35 PM
    "when it's $138 and you use a gun, its stealing. When its hundreds of thousands of dollars and you use a pen, it's misappropriation." Straight out of N&O.. great quote!
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 8, 2009 at 09:33 PM
    Frank and his son both are the worst of the worst crooks! He claims in a WRAL interview that he plead guilty to save his son's career (which did not work). Now he claims that he plead guilty because they threatned him with locking up his mommy?? Get real Frank, we all know you are a crook!
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 8, 2009 at 09:03 PM
    He could run again in his district and get elected. Blacks do not see criminal activity as a reason not to vote for someone. He just added a can't miss qualification to his resume.
  • by voter Location: nc on Jul 8, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    the more he crys and the more he's belittled, the better he looks to the blacks. think ray nagan and new orleans, his incompetence caused the death of hundreds of blacks,,,but he's a hero to them.

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