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Rep. Wright indicted on fraud, other charges

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A Wake County grand jury indicted state Rep. Thomas Wright on six felony charges Monday. The decision comes just a little more than a year after the investigation into the Wilmington democrat's campaign finance reports began. It started in December 2006 when former democratic consultant Joe Sinsheimer filed a complaint with the state Board of Elections accusing Wright of misusing campaign money. In May Wright refused to testify before a state Board of Elections hearing when evidence showed he had failed to report more than $100,000 in campaign contributions and spent other campaign money on personal expenses. Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby then started looking at the criminal aspects of the case. The state House also launched an ethics investigation and Speaker Joe Hackney asked Wright to resign. Wright would not. In September the Board of Elections suspended Wright's re-election campaign because he had not filed the necessary reports. Monday came the criminal indictments. Wright is still allowed to keep his seat in the House. Willoughby says authorities will arrest Wright in the next few days on felony fraud charges. Since the investigation in to his campaign finance records began a year ago, other state officials have repeatedly asked Wright to step down. Sen. Julia Boseman, D-9th district, said, "We've had to pick up the slack in the Senate and the other members of the local delegation, which we're happy to do but those folks deserve someone up there fighting for them, someone who is going to represent them, and not themselves." As Thomas Wright heads in to an election year he also faces a criminal trial. Wright was indicted on six felony charges by a Wake County grand jury -- charges that could land Wright in prison. Rep. Bonner stiller, R-17th district, said, "In the next few days, charges will be served on Mr. Wright and a court date will be set and that will begin the court involved in that matter." And this decision by the grand jury may not be the end of Wright's personal and professional trouble. Stiller said, "Additional warrants, indictments, can come down as well. And what it means to him is that this is the beginning of the process of actually having to go defend himself against charges." Wright did not answer the door when we went to his house Monday for comment. But he has said in the past he will not resign -- that decision is up to the voters. If Wright is convicted of a felony he would automatically lose the right to serve in the state legislature. But that's not the only way he could lose his seat. The House ethics committee can now resume its investigation and could expel him from the General Assembly.

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YES HE'LL STAY IN OFFICE BUT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION DUE TO NOT FILING HIS FINANCE STATEMENTS WITH NC BOARD OF ELECTIONS. PLEASE ASK YOUR REP. (DEMROCRATS) TO MAKE HIM STEP DOWN. YES OUR HARD EARN TAX DOLLARS WILL SUPPORT HIM UNTIL CONVICTED.

in the office?

the only office he needs to be in is the warden's office, in about 8-10 years. that is if he gets a parole review for good behavior! if you wanna play you gotta pay.

One of many

Yes it seems that Mr.Wright may be well on the way to paying his dues. It is suprising though. It would seem that in eastern North Carolina, anyone that maintains a position of trust such as those in local government or sponsored organizations,Are given a license to steal from the very ones they so adamently profess to be representing and or protecting. Sickening isnt it!

And His Job Is Still Intact???

Why is he allowed to keep his seat in the senate during this process?? He should be suspended, without pay. Why are my hard-earned, HONEST taxes being used to put food on this criminal's table??

Just the tip of the iceberg

Wilmington, Raleigh and Washington are full of these type politicians, only the sloppy ones get caught. Honest politicians like Caroline Justice don't stand a chance because she's not on the take or in some special interests back pocket.

Time to pay

It is now time for chuckles to pay the piper. Bye bye

Dancing!

This is finally a reason to celebrate! He is going DOWN!

N o Surprise

He is as guilty as a day is long.