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Documents provide details on 1990s Perdue probe

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RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) -- The ABC11 I-Team has received documents through the Freedom of Information Act that reveal new details about a 15-year-old federal investigation of Governor Beverly Perdue.

The FBI file shows she was the focus of a political corruption probe while a powerful state senator in the North Carolina General Assembly.

The report looks at a car accident involving Perdue on July 4, 1995 and how Perdue and the North Carolina Highway Patrol handled it. It also examines promotions she got for certain Highway Patrol officers in the wake of the accident. Perdue would later pick one of them to lead the patrol when she became governor.

The FBI investigated allegations of abuse of power and whether Perdue "may have violated the federal mail fraud statute in connection with an insurance claim she submitted to State Farm insurance Company," says the report. The investigation was later closed without any charges being filed.

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