Former NC Agriculture Commissioner To Leave Prison

.Former state Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps is slated to get out of a federal prison today in West Virginia. Phipps' husband says he plans to pick her up in the morning and take her home to Alamance County.

Phipps pleaded guilty to federal charges related to taking illegal campaign contributions from carnival vendors that wanted to operate North Carolina state fairs. A judge sentenced her to four years in prison in March 2004, but she's getting out early in part due to good behavior.

Phipps is the daughter and granddaughter of former governors. She will have to wear an ankle bracelet through the summer that will allow her to begin a new job as a Christian education director at her home church.


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