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Arraignment Hearing Scheduled for Former Congressman

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RALEIGH, N.C. — An arraignment hearing is scheduled Tuesday for former U.S. Congressman Frank Ballance.

A federal indictment accuses him of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering. The former lawmaker is accused of using taxpayer money from a substance abuse center to benefit himself and his family.

Ballance resigned from his 1st District seat over the summer, citing health problems.

If convicted, Ballance faces up to five years in prison.

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