Ex-NC lawmaker LaRoque faces additional charges
Posted December 24, 2012
Updated December 26, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — U.S. attorney Dennis Duffy has added four more federal fraud charges against former lawmaker Stephen LaRoque.
LaRoque was indicted in July on eight counts of misusing federal funds and money laundering.
The Kinston Republican administered a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan program for small-business development.
Prosecutors say he directed the loan money to friends and family and might have used some for campaign expenses.
LaRoque is now facing four additional fraud counts for lying on USDA documents and filing false tax returns.
LaRoque’s lawyer has said his client committed no wrongdoing.
It's unclear when the former lawmaker will face a trial.