NC court upholds conviction of former lawmaker

Posted by Debra Worley - email

RALEIGH, NC (WECT/AP) - Former state Representative Thomas Wright appeared in Raleigh Tuesday to appeal convictions of fraud and obstruction of justice, but was denied.

A three-judge panel on the North Carolina Court of Appeals said Wright received a fair trial.  He was convicted on three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Wright was found guilty in April 2008 and sent to prison on charges he mishandled charity contributions and fraudulently obtained a $150,000 loan. He is serving six to eight years for the crime.

A jury in August 2008 also found Wright guilty of felony obstruction of justice for preventing election officials from enforcing campaign finance laws by failing to report campaign contributions.

Wright served 15 years as a legislator and was the first sitting lawmaker expelled from the General Assembly since 1880. During his tenure as a legislator, Wright represented parts of New Hanover and Pender Counties.

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