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Ex-North Carolina official pleads guilty to fraud conspiracy

December 27, 2018

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina county official has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud taxpayers by accepting bribes in exchange for government contracts.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the plea by former Buncombe County assistant manager Mandy Stone was part of a deal in which she agreed to assist a federal county corruption probe.

The deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office was reached last week, and a judge is set to rule Wednesday on whether to accept the deal.

Stone’s plea means she admits to conspiring with former county staffers Jon Creighton and Michael Greene, both of whom have pleaded guilty.

Greene’s mother and former county manager Wanda Greene has pleaded not guilty to charges in the scheme. Prosecutors say they took bribes from Georgia-based contractor Joe Wiseman, who hasn’t been charged.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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