Former Aide To Ex-NC Governor Pleads Guilty In Court

An ex-aide to former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley has pleaded guilty to one count of income tax evasion exactly two weeks before his federal trial on 57 corruption-related counts was set to begin.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle accepted the plea agreement Monday between Ruffin Poole and government prosecutors during a hastily scheduled hearing.

A date for sentencing has not been set. Poole has agreed to cooperate with the government as part of the deal.

Poole was once Easley's personal assistant and special counsel. He was indicted in January on charges such as tax evasion, bribery and money laundering, accused of helping move along state permits for coastal housing projects while receiving gifts and making a sizable investment return on two of those subdivisions.

Poole had pleaded not guilty earlier this month.


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  • by Pam Location: Chocowinity on Apr 21, 2010 at 07:22 PM
    Poole is representative of a vast majority of our local, state and federal politicians....He just got caught. Let's not all act like we're surprised that corruption like this is taking place.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2010 at 06:40 AM
    wow a lot of comments have been deteled, i wonder why?
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Apr 20, 2010 at 05:39 AM
    Dumo's looking after Dumo's. At least make him pay back the ill gotten gains!
  • by anon Location: wallace on Apr 20, 2010 at 05:05 AM
    the feds do alot of fishing. they use smaller bait to get the big fish like Easily.
  • by Wayne Location: Havelock on Apr 20, 2010 at 04:45 AM
    I like the line that says "Poole has agreed to cooperate with the government as part of the deal." Things are getting ready to happen!!!!
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