Indicted Perdue Aide Resigns From State Board

The former top aide to Gov. Beverly Perdue indicted on a felony obstruction of justice charge has resigned from the N.C. Economic Development Board.

Peter Anthony Reichard of Greensboro was appointed by Perdue to serve on the board, which oversees economic development planning and makes policy recommendations to the governor, her commerce secretary and legislators.

Reichard submitted his resignation Monday as he was indicted. He is accused of funneling $32,000 in under-the-table payments from a wealthy Perdue donor through a private company he controlled to pay the salary of a full-time campaign fundraiser.

Reichard was Perdue's campaign finance director in 2007-08, at the time the illegal payments were made.

Reichard turned himself in at the Wake County jail on Tuesday. He was released on a $50,000 unsecured bond.

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