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Ex-DENR official sentenced for soliciting bribe

Posted August 6, 2008

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— A former state official was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in federal prison in a permitting-for-pay scheme.

Boyce Hudson, 67, who retired from the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 2005, pleaded guilty in May to extortion and money laundering. He was sentenced to 40 months at the federal prison camp in Butner, followed by three years on supervised release.

Hudson also was fined $35,000 and ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution to the FBI.

"This type of offense undermines the citizenry’s faith in government at all levels," U.S. Attorney George Holding said in a statement.

Hudson and his attorneys declined to comment as they left the federal courthouse in Raleigh.

Federal investigators said Hudson agreed to expedite state environmental permits for Agri-Ethanol Products LLC, which planned to build an ethanol production plant in Beaufort County, in exchange for $100,000 and a two-year contract as a consultant that was worth another $100,000.

Agri-Ethanol received the required permits within 30 days, and Hudson, who served as a liaison between DENR and the General Assembly, received $5,000 in the scheme, investigators said.

Authorities were tipped to the scheme by a potential Agri-Ethanol investor, who said a sales representative bragged that the company had bribed a state official. An FBI agent then posed as a company investor to build the case against Hudson, paying him another $15,000.

The ethanol plant was never built because of a lack of funding.

Defense attorneys submitted several pleas for leniency for Hudson, including one from state Sen. A.B. Swindell, D-Nash, who called Hudson "one of the most dedicated public servants I have ever known."

Prosecutors agreed to a lenient sentence for Hudson, saying he cooperated in the federal investigation of the scheme. He wore a wiretap during several meetings with Agri-Ethanol owner David Brady, a former Raleigh developer, and others associated with the company and let investigators monitor phone calls he made to company officials, prosecutors said.

Hudson must report to prison by November 1.


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  • TheAdmiral Aug 11, 2008

    Hmmmm. It would seem that this is another convenient oversight by the ethics board.

  • Waterrox Aug 6, 2008

    Hey BobbyJ!

    Don't go bashing all DENR employees. The majority of us are upstanding citizens!!!

  • vipclean Aug 6, 2008

    Come on A.B. Rocky Mount and Nash Co. do not need any more negative news any more than the State of N.C.'s govt. (Jim Black, Mary Easley, SHP,Chief Manley,ElectriCities...I only have 1000 characters) He clearly does not appear to be good for the citizens of this state. What are you thinking?!

  • SailbadTheSinner Aug 6, 2008

    The judge was correct: This undermines faith in our government. We have enough problems with “trust” and “government” without this sort of thing.

    I continue to believe that Corruption of a Public Official should be a Capital offense.


  • whatelseisnew Aug 6, 2008

    Wrong Rev - people choose to be thieves. God has nothing to do with it. Should God intervene I suspect the punishment would be a lot harsher. "thou shalt not steal" seems to ring a bell.

    As to trust in government - haha ha ha ha ha that is funny. Anyone that trusts Government deserves what they get.

  • AmandaB2kids Aug 6, 2008

    Another prime example of the democrat machine. Paid $100K in bribe money and then another $15K. Paid back $50K. Looks reasonable to me.....oh...forgot the democrat who stood up for him....Keep voting democrats in.....more of the same....

  • Thinkb4uspeak Aug 6, 2008

    No worry. He will get out of prison and get another $75,000 dollar-a-year job while the misdemeanors I got when I was 18 will continue haunt me from now until.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Aug 6, 2008

    He wore a wire to catch who??? Wasn't he the lead thief in this crime? Sounds like a set up to me.

  • FloydTurbo Aug 6, 2008

    ..."an elected official".... ??? No, this one was appointed aka "a state government employee". Yes, a Democ and his wife is employed by "an elected (D) official" .... but, as noted, partisanship does not indicate an individual's character.

  • myidea Aug 6, 2008

    Need to strip him of his state retirement also while they are at it.