Former Greenville City Councilman Headed To Prison

A former three-term Greenville city councilman is headed to prison.

Ray Craft was sentenced Thursday in a U.S. District courtroom in New Bern to a year in federal prison for not filing income from his business and making a false statement on his tax returns.

The sentence was part of a plea agreement.

Craft is expected to begin his sentence January 15. The judge recommended Butner federal penitentiary for his term.

The Greenville Daily Reflector reports the judge also recommended Craft be treated for a personality disorder, and that Craft has already paid $192,000 in restitution.

According to the City of Greenville's website, Craft served three terms on city council before leaving in 2007.

Craft is the owner of Signs Now in Greenville.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:37 PM
    Actually coolpopa, I think you are describing most liberals I know first hand. I just thought this guy did something crooked to get into Obamas cabinet. Well, it worked for Geitner!
  • by coolpopa Location: greenville on Nov 17, 2009 at 08:44 AM
    personality disorder? arrogant, obnoxious, conservative!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Nov 14, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    I wish we had more of the story. Three years is a bit harsh for simple tax evasion. There's more to it, unless he has been doing it several years. And for the fact checking, WITN doesn't claim that, WCTI is the one that double checks the facts per their advertising.
  • by Joe on Nov 14, 2009 at 12:14 PM
    Did not see that one coming
  • by really Location: Greenville on Nov 14, 2009 at 08:57 AM
    To XXX, I didn't say the story was wrong, but if they are going to report something based on someone else's story instead of investigating themselves then they should get it right. But there is always more to the story. Thanks for your concern!
  • by Jim Hackafan on Nov 13, 2009 at 05:27 PM
    Where was this judge when Tom Daschle's case came up? Oh, that's right some people in this country don't go to jail for tax evasion. I'm glad America has a fair and just judicial system.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2009 at 05:16 PM
    Everyone was so foucsed on rose glover and mildred council back then that they let this guy slide under the radar commiting these crimes. I say investigate them all!!!!!!
  • by GUMBY on Nov 13, 2009 at 02:33 PM
    Not the Ray I grew up with, wonder what happened.
  • by tim Location: pitt on Nov 13, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    to xxx I didn't say the story was wrong, just the part about him owning the business(he is the former owner). The store is open under new ownership.
  • by Marie Location: Greenville on Nov 13, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    What??? A good old boy that's a criminal????? Say it ain't so.
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