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Ex-lottery commissioner to get fine refunded

Posted July 12, 2010 1:14 p.m. EDT

— A former North Carolina lottery commissioner was who released from prison last month following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling will get a refund of the fine he paid as part of his conviction.

Kevin Geddings was found guilty in 2006 of honest services mail fraud for not disclosing his financial ties to a company that was expected to bid for North Carolina's lottery business.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of that law last month, ruling that criminal convictions are valid only in cases where bribes or kickbacks are involved, and not merely conflicts of interest.

Geddings was serving a four-year sentence at the federal prison in Jesup, Ga.,and was released on June 30, hours after a federal judge ordered his release because of the court ruling. He had been due to complete his prison term in December.

Federal prosecutors have stated that they believe Geddings' conviction should be vacated, which would entitle him to be paid back the $25,000 in fine he was assessed when he was sentenced.