Wright Told Agent He Took Charitable Money For "Sweat Equity"

A state investigator says Rep. Thomas Wright put charitable money in his personal bank account for work he called "sweat equity."

Document show Wright told a State Bureau of Investigation agent that he kept the money as reimbursement for work he performed for his charitable health foundation.

The information comes from a witness list state attorneys filed ahead of a hearing next month before a legislative committee considering ethics charges against Wright. The counts are similar to six felony charges in his criminal indictment.

The criminal and ethics complaints accuse the Wilmington Democrat of improperly using $8,900 in donations from three corporations.