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Former Raleigh council candidate released from prison

Posted March 12, 2012

— One-time Raleigh City Council candidate Lent Carr II was released from federal prison over the weekend, authorities said.

Carr was sentenced last August to seven months in prison for violating his parole on a 2000 fraud conviction. The Wake County Board of Elections then removed his name from the October ballot. He had been seeking the District C seat on the City Council.

Carr was convicted of bank and mail fraud related to insurance payments following a fire at his church that authorities determined had been set. A federal judge found that he violated his parole by pleading guilty in February 2011 to assaulting his stepson and by failing to meet with his parole officer or with a mental health counselor.

A WRAL News investigation found that Carr overstated his background, listing degrees on his campaign website and other sites that he didn't earn and touting experience as a law clerk without noting that he was a prison inmate at the time.


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  • PJM Mar 13, 2012

    awww, lineofduty...is that all u got?...."they left out "democrat" are you profiling this man? Ure smarter than that Im sure. Dont judge...he may be the one to give u your last sip of water

  • bombayrunner Mar 12, 2012

    ofcourse they left out 'democrat', maybe its just assumed these days. after how quickly they get voted back into office it is certainly accepted.

  • africanqueen Mar 12, 2012

    who cares???????

  • pm2 Mar 12, 2012

    Nothing wrong with making the facts appealing...I guess.

  • MadMaxx Mar 12, 2012

    Now he has credentials to run for office. Already convicted felon.

  • westernwake1 Mar 12, 2012

    Probably will run for governor next. Less corrupt than Bev and Easley.

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 12, 2012

    Wonder how long he'll manage to stay out of jail.

  • not my real name Mar 12, 2012

    Well he would have been a perfect politician!

  • nonemeant Mar 12, 2012

    This man has some chutzpa!!

  • computer trainer Mar 12, 2012

    Or Bev, she has 9 months left in office. Sounds like an excellent candidate.