Submitted by WWAY on Wed, 06/27/2007 - 1:50pm.

RALEIGH (AP) -- The State Board of Elections has ordered a veteran House lawmaker to forfeit more than five-thousand dollars that investigators say she transferred from her campaign account to herself.

Representative Mary McAllister says she didn't intentionally do anything wrong. She says she received about eight-thousand dollars in loan repayments from her campaign in 2004 and 2006 because her records showed she had made the loans earlier.

But the Cumberland County Democrat's campaign treasurer says the original loans recorded in her campaign books weren't actual loans. Instead, they were placeholder numbers to balance her books when campaign expenses exceeded receipts.

The elections board is also making McAllister pay seven-thousand dollars for resources spent investigating her campaign finances.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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