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NC jury indicts man for Perdue flight payment

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A Wake County grand jury has indicted a western North Carolina man on a charge he caused Gov. Bev Perdue's campaign to file false campaign reports by hiding he had given money to pay for a campaign flight.

Wake District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Tuesday that Robert Lee Caldwell had been indicted on one count of felony obstruction of justice. The indictment accuses Caldwell of engaging in a pattern to deceive The Bev Perdue Committee when she was running for governor in 2007 and 2008.

The indictment says Caldwell solicited a donation from another man and reimbursed him with cash. It says the other man's check was then given to pay an airplane company for a Perdue campaign flight.

The governor appointed Caldwell to the Board of Trustees of Western Piedmont Community College.

A call to Caldwell's home wasn't immediately returned.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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