Eight short years ago Sam Currin was on top as chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. Today, he's just another everyday Republican who's been indicted and arrested for a tax fraud conspiracy.
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The AP report is in The Charlotte Observer. Quite a few others were involved and there will be other charges.
Currin also is charged with participating in a coverup of the financial structures mapped out through Woltz's financial services company, prosecutors said. He was charged with obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and perjury charges in a related grand jury investigation of securities fraud.
Prosecutors said Currin not only gave false testimony, he persuaded Raleigh attorney Robert Wellons to "make false and misleading statements to and withhold documents from the grand jury."
Wellons, 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice and has agreed to help the government, prosecutors said. His attorney did not return a call seeking comment. He faces up to five years imprisonment, prosecutors said.
The scariest thing about isn't the part where he defrauded the government and convinced another lawyer to lie for him. The scariest part is the questions it raises about his previous careers.
Currin was formerly an aide to Sen. Jesse Helms; the United States attorney for eastern North Carolina from 1981 to 1987; and a Superior Court judge until 1990. Since then, he's represented criminal defendants in the state's federal courts.
Two men who worked for Sen. Jesse Helms arrested in the past two months. It does make you go, hmmmmmm, doesn't it? It also makes you wonder how reliable his work was as U.S. Attorney or Superior Court Judge.