Former NC Lawmaker Frank Ballance Out Of Prison

Former North Carolina Rep. Frank Ballance has been released from prison but is serving the rest of his four-year federal sentence under home confinement.

A Federal Bureau of Prisons official said Monday that Ballance is scheduled to complete his term June 23. He was released from
prison March 23.

The former Democratic congressman pleaded guilty in 2004 to diverting taxpayer money to his family and others through a charitable organization he helped start. He began serving his sentence in December 2005, but sentences can be reduced for good behavior.

Community correction manager Gary Moore said Ballance is wearing an electronic surveillance bracelet that prevents him from leaving his home.

Ballance served in the General Assembly before being elected to Congress in 2002. He resigned in June 2004, citing his ill health.