Former Rep. Wright Sentenced

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that former Rep. Wright was sentenced today. 

The jury deliberated a little more than six hours over two days before announcing at midday that Wright had mishandled $7,400 in charitable contributions and fraudulently obtained a $150,000 bank loan. He was acquitted on a charge involving a $1,500 donation his health care foundation received from AT&T Corp.

Jurors agreed with prosecutors that Wright illegally pocketed donations from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. that were meant for his foundation, but instead ended up in his personal bank account. The jury also said Wright used a bogus letter from a state official to take out a loan to build health care offices and a museum remembering Wilmington’s 1898 race riots.

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