NC donor to Perdue indicted on obstruction charge

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Submitted: Wed, 04/24/2013 - 1:37am
Updated: Fri, 04/26/2013 - 1:51am

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A wealthy backer of former Gov. Beverly Perdue is charged with obstructing justice in a scheme to secretly pay a campaign staffer during the Democrat’s 2008 campaign.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Tuesday a grand jury has indicted Morganton fast-food restaurant owner Charles Michael Fulenwider on a misdemeanor obstruction charge.

A grand jury earlier found probable cause to believe Fulenwider broke the law by funneling $32,000 to a Chapel Hill financial firm to help pay a Perdue fundraiser’s salary.

Willoughby says the indictment comes ahead of a hearing Wednesday for Fulenwider, Robert Caldwell of Morganton and long-time Perdue family friend Trawick “Buzzy” Stubbs Jr.

Willoughby says the hearing could hasten the close of a long-running case involving undisclosed private plane flights for Perdue during her 2008 campaign.

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