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Former ABC chief's conviction appeal denied

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videoThe North Carolina Court of Appeals has denied an appeal by the former head of New Hanover County's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board convicted nearly two years ago for obtaining property by false pretense. Full story...
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Cowper gets probation, fine in ABC scheme

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The contractor who admitted ripping off the New Hanover County ABC Board will avoid jail time. A federal judge today sentenced Lee Cowper to three years probation and a $25,000 fine. Full story...
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Convicted contractor testifies against former ABC administrator

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video In day two of the Billy Williams trial, jurors heard testimony from a key witness: contractor Lee Cowper. Williams, the former New Hanover County ABC administrator is accused of making an illegal agreement with Cowper to build a two-story garage at Williams's home. Full story...
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New Hanover Co. schools looking to hire contractor previously convicted of fraud

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video The New Hanover Board of Education was considering hiring a contractor who was previously convicted of fraud. In February, Lee Cowper, a Wilmington commercial contractor, pled guilty to federal mail fraud. The school board's design consultant for a renovation project at Wrightsboro Elementary School has reportedly recommended Cowper for the job. Full story...
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Former ABC administrator Williams indicted

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videoFor the last several months, state and federal investigators have been investigating the New Hanover County ABC Board, including the activities of its former administrator Billy Williams. Full story...
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Wilmington contractor pleads guilty in deal with former ABC administrator

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According to the Criminal Information, Lee Cowper outbid other contractors for the construction of four ABC stores in the New Hanover County area. In June, 2006, COWPER entered into an oral agreement with the New Hanover County ABC administrator to build a detached two-story garage on the administrator’s residential property for $100,000. Construction was completed on the garage on October 2, 2006. COWPER received two separate payments of $40,000 and $60,000 from the administrator. However, the total cost to COWPER for the garage was $143,148. Full story...
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State ABC aware probes focus on New Hanover board

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The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission on Tuesday acknowledged that the liquor board in New Hanover County is the focus of state and federal investigations - reports WRAL.com. Full story...
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