Ex-Easley Aide Charged With Tax Evasion

An ex-aide to former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley who already faces 51 corruption-related charges has also been indicted for tax evasion.

A superseding indictment filed Thursday adds six charges against Ruffin Poole, including three counts of income tax evasion. The indictment says Poole filed returns knowing that he had generated more income than he listed in 2005 through 2007.

Poole is a native of Kinston.

Poole was expected in court late Thursday afternoon for arraignment hearing. He was accused in January of 51 felony counts of taking trips and gifts and making money off of coastal developments while he helped hasten them through the state permitting process.

Judge Terrence Boyle also may rule on a motion by Poole's lawyer to delay the scheduled April 26 trial until August.

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