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Governor Perdue Probes Buys From Connected Company

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue has asked several state agencies to examine purchases of costly surveillance equipment from a security company headed by a powerful politician.

Perdue's office said Wednesday she's asked agencies in her Cabinet to review contracts they have with Law Enforcement Associates and report their findings to the Attorney General Roy Cooper. Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said Cooper would then determine what to do, if anything.

The evaluations will occur after reports at least four state agencies have bought nearly $200,000 in equipment from Law Enforcement Associates since 2003, when state Sen. Tony Rand became the company's board chairman.

The Fayetteville Democrat is leaving the Senate this month to become Perdue's parole chief.

Some gear was bought without competitive bidding.


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