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Ex-Judge Sent to Prison for Money Laundering

Posted September 4, 2007
Updated September 5, 2007

Former federal prosecutor and state judge Sam Currin was sentenced to 70 months in prison Tuesday for his role in a securities fraud scheme.

Currin, 58, of Raleigh, pleaded guilty last November to money laundering and obstruction of justice. He also must serve three years on probation.

Currin admitted that he laundered about $1.4 million in proceeds from a securities fraud scheme run by a spam e-mail company. He also acknowledged that he later lied to a grand jury that began investigating the scheme and that he didn't report information on his tax return.

A group that included one of Currin's legal clients engaged in the scheme to manipulate the stock prices of several publicly traded companies through the use of spam e-mail, mass unsolicited faxes, Internet search optimization and voice mail broadcasting, prosecutors said. The scheme garnered millions, and prosecutors said Currin received more than $240,000 for his involvement.

Currin was the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, which covers 44 counties from Raleigh eastward, from 1981 to 1987 and was a Superior Court judge from 1987 to 1990. He has been in private law practice since then and has been a leading figure in the state Republican Party.


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  • then who cares Sep 5, 2007

    His accommodations will be at the Butner Federal Resort!! He was born and raised not 20 minutes from there! Why can't he be housed up north like Black?

  • FE Sep 5, 2007

    I was in Currin's courtroom a couple of times....NOT impressed!

  • Ekeoutalivin Sep 5, 2007

    Most lawyers NEVER liked him. He was a holier-than-thou, right wing zealot. Lawyer's are the reason he didn't get the life time appointment as a Federal Judge that Jesse Helms wanted him to get...

  • Run_Forrest_Run Sep 5, 2007

    Does he get to keep the money? 1.4 million for 70 months in prison (probably Federal) = pretty good pay for playing tennis.

  • katgoesloco Sep 5, 2007

    A Jesse Helms Republican.

  • R.O.BdaCZAR Sep 5, 2007

    Does this make every white male republican judge a criminal? Just asking, cause I wiped my forehead when I saw his picture. If he were black I could just imagine how comments would read about black judges as a whole, and then Al and Jesse...

  • FE Sep 5, 2007

    Ripcommonsense - AGREED! But this guy was once a sitting Superior Court judge. You kinda expect politicians/lawyers to be crooked, especially in NC, but a judge?!?

  • ripcommonsense Sep 5, 2007

    I am so tired of crooked politicians. We have GOT to change our current system. I say we do away with listing whether a candidate is R or D and we make them convince us on an individual level why we should vote for them. I don't know if I will ever vote again, this is so depressing!

  • Jake Wildstar Sep 5, 2007

    JUDGES, LAWYERS, POLITICIANS, OH MY!!! What a bunch of parasites.

  • Gandalf The White Sep 5, 2007

    Yooo Samie don't look back when you bend over to pick up the soap in the shower. You might not like seeing what is coming next. Enjoy your little hiatus from society.