Prosecutor Says Wright Bilked Bank And Others

Prosecutors say former Rep. Thomas Wright illegally bilked a bank and several corporate donors out of thousand of dollars as part of a scheme to enrich himself.

The allegations came in opening statements Monday in Wright's
criminal trial. The Wilmington Democrat is charged with
fraudulently obtaining $150,000 in bank loans and pocketing another
$8,900 in corporate contributions meant for a health foundation he
led in Wilmington.

Wright's attorney countered that no one is complaining they were
duped. Douglas Harris told jurors the eight-term lawmaker -- who was
booted from officer earlier this month -- should be thanked for this
work in the community.

Earlier Monday, Superior Court Judge Henry Hight rejected a
request to delay the trial but he did agree to remove two charges.


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