Former Perdue Campaign Staffers, Donor Indicted

Two former staffers for Governor Beverly Perdue's election campaign and a donor have been indicted on criminal charges by a Wake County grand jury.

The indictments stem from unreported campaign flights on private planes.

To read the indictments, click on the link at the top of this story.

Trawick "Buzzy" Stubbs and Julia Sitton were both indicted on charges of false reports and obstruction of justice, while Peter Reichard was indicted for obstruction of justice.

Stubbs is a New Bern attorney, while Reichard was finance director for the election campaign. Sitton had been director of the governor's Western Office.

The indictments say Stubbs provided $28,000 in flights for the campaign which was not reported to the state Board of Elections.
Election laws limit giving more than $4,000 to a candidate in any election cycle

Sitton is accused of allowing campaign reports to be filed that did not reveal part of her campaign salary was paid by donors.

The indictment against Reichard says he solicited a campaign contribution of $32,000 from a donor who had already contributed the maximum permitted by law. Court documents say that money went to Sitton as part of her pay.

The charges come more than a year after Wake County prosecutor Colon Willoughby said he would investigate payments of air travel for the campaign following a State Board of Elections probe of Perdue's campaign committee. The State Board of Elections fined her committee $30,000.

Perdue is seeking re-election in 2012.

In a statement issued this afternoon, the governor said her committee has cooperated fully with the investigation. "At the District Attorney’s request, while those matters are pending, I will not comment on the specific charges or any aspect of the investigation," said Perdue. "I will, however, reiterate what I made clear at the beginning of the investigation, and what the investigation has confirmed: as a citizen, a candidate for public office, and an elected official, I have strived to follow the rules and laws."

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