Local & State
|State elections panel refers Rep. Rodney Moore for criminal probe|
|Nondisclosure complaint sent to Mecklenburg DA|
|Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 6:24 pm|
N.C. Rep. Rodney Moore has been referred to the Mecklenburg County district attorney for investigation into possible campaign finance violations.
The State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement on Wednesday found what it called “clear and convincing evidence” that the Charlotte Democrat’s campaign committee certified false finance disclosure reports and used contributions outside campaign purposes.
The State Board’s nine members unanimously voted to refer the complaint against Moore, a four-term representative, former campaign treasurer Tammy Neal and the Committee to Elect Rodney W. Moore to the Mecklenburg District Attorney Spencer Merriweather for possible prosecution.
The State Board launched its investigation in 2017 after an audit of Moore’s campaign finance reports revealed irregularities in its contributions and expenditures, including non-disclosure of more than $141,000 in receipts and expenditures between 2010-17 and more than $25,000 in cash withdrawals and cash back from purchases that went unreported.
Board members also heard evidence that the committee submitted altered bank records in responses to questions from the panel’s auditors.
“Clearly, the public never had access to information about most of this committee’s transactions,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, State Board executive director. “This is a serious violation of the public trust.”
This story will be updated.
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