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Former Deputy Ag Commissioner Pleads Guilty To One Count Of Obstruction

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GREENVILLE, N.C. — Former Deputy Ag Commissioner Mike Blanton reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutorsTuesday for his role in the scandal involving Meg Scott Phipps.

Blanton pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Investigators say Blanton lied to protect his then-boss, former state Ag Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps.

As part of the agreement with prosecutors, nine other charges were dropped.

Mike takes full responsibility for his role in this situation and has learned some valuable lessons as a result. He looks forward to putting this behind him and moving ahead with both his personal and personal life," said Sam Currin, Blanton's attorney.

Blanton faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He is free on bond until sentencing in January.

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