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NC political donor heads to prison Tuesday in bribery case

Posted October 19, 2020 4:29 p.m. EDT
Updated October 19, 2020 5:01 p.m. EDT

North Carolina insurance magnate Greg Lindberg leaves his federal bribery trial in Charlotte Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.

— A wealthy businessman who was at one point North Carolina’s largest political donor reports to federal prison Tuesday to start a seven-plus-year sentence on his bribery conviction.

Greg Lindberg will also release a new book Tuesday, according to his public relations team.

The book, “Failing Early & Failing Often: How to Turn Your Adversity Into Advantage,” can be downloaded for free online at greglindberg.com. The book promises a "path of self-discovery that will unlock your free will and help you discover the strength hidden in your subconscious."

Greg Lindberg's new book, download page.

"He will help you overcome fear, build confidence and lead a life of rational determination to achieve your burning desire – in any field, from poetry to plumbing, from business to art," the book website states.

Lindberg was convicted in March of a scheme to bribe North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who recorded their conversations for the FBI. Lindberg has maintained his innocence and has appealed his case, but a federal judge turned away multiple requests to delay his sentence while the appeal runs its course.

This latest decision came down Monday, when U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn said the impending birth of a new child is not enough of a reason to delay. Lindberg had previously asked for a delayed report date because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the possibility that he could catch the virus in a federal facility. Now, he says his son will be born Dec. 4.

Lindberg has three children from a previous marriage that ended in a messy divorce, as well as at least one young child conceived using an egg donor and carried to term by a surrogate. The Wall Street Journal reported last year that Lindberg spied on multiple women, in part because he was vetting them as egg donors.

Lindberg's book lays out some of the challenges he's faced in life, according to a summary, including having to learn to walk again after surgery to remove a brain tumor and his recent conviction.

“Before I check in to the camp at Montgomery on Tuesday, I wanted you to have a book that I wrote that may help you with your own adversities," Lindberg said in a press release Monday. "This book is full of the lessons I have harvested from the seeds of my adversity."

Lindberg will begin his sentence at a minimum-security federal prison camp. His appeal is pending at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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