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State employee connected to Wright's investigation retires

A state employee subpoenaed in connection with Representative Thomas Wright's campaign finance investigation has resigned in the midst of the scandal. Torlen Wade retired earlier this month after more than thirty years as a state employee. Wade has been on paid administrative leave since wright's board of elections hearing in May. Wade was subpoenaed in Wright's investigation, but refused to testify. He's accused of writing a letter to help Wright get financing from the bank for the Community Health Foundation in Wilmington. In that letter, it mentions a $150,000 state grant to help the project but officials say that grant didn't exist. Elections officials say Wade expressed regret for writing the letter for Wright. A spokeswoman for the State Board of Health and Human Services confirmed Wade's retirement. He will receive full pension and benefits. The criminal investigation into Thomas Wright's campaign finances, including Wade's letter, is ongoing.

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