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Former Easley aide completes sentence

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A man who served as a top aide to former Gov. Mike Easley has finished a federal sentence for tax evasion.

WRAL-TV reports that Ruffin Poole was released Friday from a halfway house in the Raleigh area.

Authorities said in April that Poole had returned to North Carolina after serving several months at a minimum-security prison in Pensacola, FL. He is also slated to serve two years of supervised release.

Poole received a one-year and one-day sentence for pleading guilty before his trial was to begin on public corruption-related charges.

The charge stemmed from a $30,000 coastal investment Poole made and failed to report in 2005. It was disclosed during a two-year federal investigation into former Easley's dealings with friends and campaign contributors while in office.

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