Ex-NC lawmaker LaRoque faces additional charges

Posted December 24, 2012
Updated December 26, 2012

— 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.


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  • driverkid3 Dec 28, 10:05 a.m.

    I am a republican, and I really hope this POS gets very familiar with the inside of a prison and NOT one of the country club variety. I don't care which party produces the criminal, the criminal needs to pay big time!

    Any one of us posting on here would be spening plenty of time inside a prison for this, why not them?

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Dec 27, 2:15 p.m.

    Democrat or Republican, neither party has a monopoly on corruption.

  • timtooltime777 Dec 26, 3:18 p.m.

    no need to worry he has the law firm of Easley on his side! He is a good ol boy , and good ol boys run the justice system in this state ! Outcome , $1.00 fine !

  • NCHighlander Dec 26, 2:47 p.m.

    Hmmm, that's interesting. From 98% of the responders on the wral golo, it's only democrats that break the law, not republicans. Hmmmm prodigalrn

    Hmmm indeed. It's Democrats who defend and condone law breakers in their midst. Watch carefully as the Republicans and conservatives offer no support for this criminal. The end justifying the means with Republicans isn't as common as with the Democrats. Hmmmm indeed.

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 26, 10:43 a.m.

    Don't think he'll serve any prison time, maybe he should, but we'll see. Be more interested in seeing all that money paid back to the tax payers.

  • prodigalrn Dec 26, 10:20 a.m.

    Hmmm, that's interesting. From 98% of the responders on the wral golo, it's only democrats that break the law, not republicans. Hmmmm

  • wildpig777 Dec 26, 10:14 a.m.

    naw i want him to be treated just like the democrat felons have been treated. which means ver ver lil time in prison.

  • driverkid3 Dec 26, 9:15 a.m.

    Let him spend some time in prison! If he did this, and I think it's a good possibility, send him to a hard time prison, not some plush "I wouldn't mind being there" places.