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Convicted Lawmaker Plans Goodbye Party Before Prison Stint

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ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. — Former North Carolina congressman Frank Ballance is getting one more send-off before he reports to federal prison.

There's an event scheduled Wednesday in Roanoke Rapids. The invitation says donations are welcome and checks should be made payable to Ballance. He's due to report to prison on Friday to serve a four-year sentence for fraud.

Ballance pleaded guilty to funneling taxpayer money to his law firm, church and relatives. Frank Ballance and his son Garey are now listed on the Bureau of Prisons website. Both men have prison numbers, but are listed as in transit.

Garey Ballance was sentenced to six months for tax evasion.

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