Ex-Perdue Campaign Aide Pleads In Flights Case

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue's fundraising chief for her winning 2008 campaign has entered an Alford plea to a felony obstruction charge for using his company to hide payments from a donor and pad another campaign worker's salary.

A Wake County judge on Wednesday accepted the plea from Peter Reichard of Greensboro and gave him a suspended sentence of six to eight months, 24 months of unsupervised probation and a $25,000 fine.

An Alford plea does not admit guilt but concedes there is enough evidence for a conviction.

Reichard pleaded to the same count on which he was indicted by a grand jury two weeks ago. The indictment accused Reichard of funneling $32,000 from a Morganton businessman through Reichard's merchant banking firm to campaign worker Julieigh Sitton. .

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by me Location: Bayboro on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:09 PM
    I hope she gets arrested next.
  • by Joker on Dec 14, 2011 at 04:46 PM
    From now on Perdue is to be know as the Joker!
  • by Racist Location: Greenville on Dec 14, 2011 at 02:28 PM
    This act is just another way for the scum of the earth to prolong their stay on earth at the expense of the citizens of this state. It basically says that out of a jury of 12, so many of them may be racist that someone should get a new trial or resentenced because of that possibility. Everyone knows its another moneymaking deal for the lawyers, and they are in bed with the politicians. What a joke. This country is going to heck in a hand basket.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    This governor is one of the biggest crooks , this state has ever had. She makes easly look like a choir boy. But she is made of teflon or botox i think.
  • by Corruption?? on Dec 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    Who would have thought her campaign was corrupt? She got pulled over for drunk driving, then used her influence to get her out of it!

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