N. Carolina lawmaker convicted on fraud charges

RALEIGH, N.C. — Thomas E. Wright gave his wife a slight wink as armed deputies led him from a Wake County courtroom Monday. It was the former legislator's only reaction to learning he will be in prison until at least 2014.

Wright's conviction on three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses ended a yearlong investigation and prosecution of accusations that he took out a fraudulent bank loan and put charitable contributions into his own bank account.

The Wilmington Democrat was kicked out of the N.C. House of Representatives last month, becoming the first legislator to suffer that fate since 1880.

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