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Ex-Ag Commissioner Finishes House Arrest

Former state Ariculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps on Saturday will complete her term on house arrest for her conviction for perjury and obstruction of justice.

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HAW RIVER, N.C. — Former state Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps on Friday completed her term on house arrest for her conviction for perjury and obstruction.

Phipps was released from a federal prison camp in Alderson, W.Va., in April after serving more than three years in prison. She has spent the past four months at her Haw River home under electronic surveillance.

The daughter of former Gov. Bob Scott and granddaughter of former Gov. Kerr Scott, she was elected agriculture commissioner in 2000, replacing longtime Agriculture Commissioner Jim Graham.

Phipps resigned in July 2003 after members of her campaign staff were indicted for their roles in a State Fair contract scandal. She pleaded guilty a few months later to accepting thousands of dollars in illegal cash payments, doctoring campaign finance reports to cover it up and extorting money from carnival operators with the promise of State Fair contracts.

Following her release from prison in April, she said she planned to work as the Christian education director at the Presbyterian church her family has attended for generations.

Phipps still faces two years on probation.