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Auditor Recommends S.B.I. Investigation Of Wright Payments

A state auditor says the SBI should look into payments that Representative Thomas Wright received for meetings
involving a state agency.

An audit released Monday shows that the New Hanover County
Democrat was paid 19 times for subsistence and travel to Raleigh
for meetings involving the state Department of Health and Human
Services.

But the audit found that Wright should have already been in
Raleigh for legislative sessions in eight of those cases. The audit
said Wright received reimbursement from both DHHS and the
Legislature.

DHHS director of internal auditing Thomas Berryman also says the
department twice paid for lodging for Wright, who then also
received $104.00 in subsistence for those stays. Berryman says
the questionable payments totaled more than $1,400.

Wright is already under investigation over his campaign finances
and his attempt to purchase property with an apparently false
guarantee of state funds.


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