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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Republican Congressional Candidate Illario Pantano announced today he’s returning a $1,000 contribution her received from Billy Williams, the former New Hanover County ABC Administrator who was indicted Tuesday on obtaining property under false pretense.

Here’s the news release we received from Pantano:

“Today, I discovered a contribution from William “Billy” Ray Williams among our 14,000 individual contributions in 2010. In advance of any legal conclusions and without accusation or provocation, we have returned Mr. Williams’ contribution.”

“While we firmly believe in innocence until proven guilty, we also believe that campaign committees should make their best efforts to be proactive in addressing ethical concerns.”

Semper Fidelis,

Ilario Pantano

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