Local Politics

Days Behind Bars Numbered for Ex-Ag Commissioner

Posted April 11, 2007

— Former state Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps is scheduled to be released from federal prison in less than two weeks after serving almost four years in connection with a campaign finance scandal.

Phipps pleaded guilty in November 2003 to two counts of extortion, two counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy in exchange for prosecutors dropping more than two dozen other charges against her.

She admitted to accepting illegal cash and submitting false campaign finance reports to cover her tracks. She also said she extorted money from carnival operators in exchange for lucrative contracts at the North Carolina State Fair.

A Wake County jury also convicted Phipps on perjury and obstruction of justice charges. The state case detailed how she lied under oath before the State Board of Elections during a hearing into illegal campaign contributions.

Three of Phipps' former aides also pleaded guilty to their involvement in the scandal.

Phipps, the daughter of former Gov. Bob Scott and the granddaughter of former Gov. Kerr Scott, plans to serve the final months of her sentence on house arrest in Alamance County.


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  • refiman Apr 13, 2007

    Hondaman, you are so wrong. First off, most corporations only care about the last 7 years. 2nd, most people don't care about such trivial things as a criminal record, hell we have 12 million criminals in the country illegally, noone is trying to get rid of them.

  • refiman Apr 13, 2007

    Anyway they could keep that low-life theif for a longer time. She ripped off the same people she was hired to assist. Keep her, throw away the key.

  • Bob3425 Apr 13, 2007

    WRAL going to cover the release of all criminal? Who cares, if she did her time, let her be and report some real news.

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  • poohperson2000 Apr 12, 2007


    Would you not agree it is a deserved price to pay? We all start life with a clean slate, if we choose to tarnish it by making poor decisions, there is no one to blame but yourself. I live my life as a good citizen, so therefore that reputation should be put above a criminals when applying for a job.

  • superman Apr 12, 2007

    It is a fact of life once your are convicted and you serve time in prison- your record follows you the rest of your life. Try filling out an application and try putting down you were in prison and see what happens. Finding a job if you are a convicted felon is pretty difficult if not impossible unless you flip burgers.

  • poohperson2000 Apr 12, 2007


    Get over it. She deserves the reputation she has earned. She will have to leave NC to escape that. If I went to jail and taught people how to read or write, no one would care when I got out, I would still be a crimminal, and so is she.

  • roe Apr 12, 2007

    Media has struck again! Why couldn't this woman just leave prison without all this reocurring drama? At what point will she be allowed to live a drama free life without being under the microscope of a camera or pen?

  • notadumbredneck Apr 12, 2007

    She's no more corrupe than the others in office today; her only mistake was getting caught.

  • ko Apr 11, 2007

    I am appalled to read the negative comments. Meg has served with dignity the time handed down to her in the indictment at the correctional facility and this was has not been a cake walk. If you truly knew her you would not be condemning her. She is a phenomenal person and has used her time in the facility to educate those in the facility who could not read or write. Everything happens for a reason and there are those who have benefitted by Meg being there to train them and make better citizens when they too are released. I know these women will always be grateful to her and will never forget her.

    Now is the time to leave Meg alone and let her get on with her life.You will see that she will use this experience for the betterment of herself and others.