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NC panel penalizes former gov, asks for probe

RALEIGH, NC (WECT/AP) - The state board of elections has ordered former North Carolina Governor Mike Easley's campaign committee to pay a penalty of $100,000 for unreported flights.

Election officials have also requested prosecutors investigate whether laws were broken.

The State Board of Elections decision Friday came after hearings into the conduct of the two-term Democrat and the state Democratic Party.

The party was ordered to forfeit $9,000 solicited by the Easley campaign. The Easley campaign was told to give up $60,000 for flights costs and to reimburse the elections board $40,000 for its investigation.

A political ally of Easley testified this week he flew the governor dozens of times for campaign-related events. Easley denied allegations he told the ally to file flight invoices to get money for home repairs.

Wilmington attorney Tommie Hicks is representing Easley in this case. 

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