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Ex-Lottery Commissioner Appeals Fraud Conviction

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Kevin Geddings
RALEIGH, N.C. — Former state lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings, who was convicted last week on five counts of mail fraud, has asked a judge to overturn his conviction.

His attorney, Thomas Manning, filed the motion on Wednesday requesting that all five fraud counts be tossed out.

Prosecutors said Geddings defrauded the state of honest services by failing to disclose more than $250,000 in payments his public relations firm received from lottery systems maker Scientific Games Corp.

Last Thursday's verdict came after a three-week trial that included testimony from Gov. Mike Easley, House Speaker Jim Black and other state lawmakers.

Geddings, 42, faces up to 20 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines for each count. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Feb. 5, and Geddings will remain free until then.