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Sentencing set for former Raleigh political candidate

Posted March 1, 2013

— A former Raleigh political candidate and businesswoman who pleaded guilty last year in connection with a real-estate investment scam will be sentenced March 20, according to court documents.

The sentencing hearing for Carolyn Grant, who pleaded guilty in November to a felony count of mail fraud in the scam, was originally set for Feb. 18. She could face up to 20 years in prison, although prosecutors said she will likely receive a sentence of six to seven years.

According to court documents, Grant lied to investors, telling them their money was used on real estate projects when it was used for her personal and business expenses and to pay back investors.

The North Carolina Secretary of State's Office issued a cease and desist order against Grant in August 2011 after allegations surfaced that she failed to repay millions of dollars she borrowed from friends and associates for real estate deals and personal loans.

Grant surrendered her real estate license and the license to her Raleigh-based real estate investment company, Omega Property Group, in 2011. She ran unsuccessfully for Raleigh mayor in 1999 and Congress in 2002.

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  • Its the who what Mar 4, 2013

    She belongs in the worst type of jail.

  • westernwake1 Mar 1, 2013

    We can only hope that she gets the maximum near 20 years as an example to other politically connected individuals who attempt to scam others in the future.

  • determined2win Mar 1, 2013

    Never thought much of Grant when I worked for her...

  • mrr03 Mar 1, 2013

    Probably get probation and a ski vacation.

  • prodigalrn Mar 1, 2013

    Republican who ran for mayor in 1999. Grant has also served as president of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and was an active fund raiser for George W. Bush's presidential campaign in 2000.

  • zenonx6 Mar 1, 2013

    Stalin said, "America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: Its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”

  • Relic Mar 1, 2013

    That you for playing...Goodbye

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 1, 2013

    Some one will protect her even if she is not a party favorite. Woman really need to spend some serious jail time.