Indicted lawmaker resigns from NC House
State Rep. Stephen LaRoque submitted his resignation from the state House Wednesday, a week after he was indicted on charges of illegal use of federal funds and money laundering.Posted — Updated
LaRoque, R-Lenoir, said he will step down on Aug. 1. He lost his re-election bid in the May primary but would have remained a House member through the end of the year.
The federal charges are related LaRoque's company's handling of federal small-business loan funds.
"I am proud of the work I have done in my nonprofit corporations. We have worked hard to help people," he said in the resignation letter. "I deny the charges brought against me, and I now must devote my time and energies to proving my innocence and protecting my family and all that I have worked for and believe in."
Tillis last week urged LaRoque to resign, and he called the move Wednesday "the right decision.
Earlier Wednesday, Tillis said he would form a special committee to examine the charges against LaRoque and recommend what action, if any, is warranted by the House.
LaRoque's resignation ends that inquiry.
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