Former Perdue staffer pleads not guilty to charges

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A former aide to Gov. Bev Perdue has pleaded not guilty to charges over secret salary payments received while working on the Democrat's campaign.

Juleigh Sitton of Morganton entered a written plea Monday through her lawyer in Wake County Superior Court. She did not appear before the judge.

Sitton is a lawyer who resigned last year as director of the governor's Western Office. She has been a paid fundraiser for Perdue's 2008 campaign.

Sitton was indicted on two felony charges in November, accused of accepting $32,000 in unreported salary payments from illegal campaign donations. Former Perdue fundraising chairman Peter Reichard of Greensboro pleaded guilty in December to funneling the secret payments to Sitton through his company.

Sitton defense lawyer Joe Zeszotarski did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

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