AP Source: Easley expected to enter plea deal

Published 7:04 am Monday, November 22, 2010


Associated Press
RALEIGH — A person with knowledge of an investigation into the campaign finances of former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley says he is expected to enter a plea deal Tuesday in state court.
The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on the condition of anonymity because the deal still must be approved by a judge.
The hearing scheduled for noon Tuesday in Wake County Superior Court follows a yearlong probe into Easley’s campaign finances.
Prosecutors started reviewing whether campaign finance laws were violated after Easley’s campaign was fined $100,000 by the State Board of Elections in October 2009 for failing to report dozens of private campaign flights.
Easley is a Democrat who served from 2001 to 2009.