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Phipps to Teach Community College Course

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps was forced to resign and was convicted on federal corruption charges in connection with illegal payoffs she accepted from carnival companies seeking to secure State Fair midway contracts.

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — Meg Scott Phipps, the former state agriculture commissioner convicted of accepting illegal campaign contributions, has been hired by Alamance Community College to teach a history course.

Phipps will teach a course about women in American history, beginning in January. The course is similar to one she taught inmates at a federal prison in West Virginia, where she served a three-year sentence before her release in April.

She pleaded guilty in 2003 to federal perjury and obstruction of justice charges.

Alamance Community College officials said no criminal background check was performed on Phipps because she will be a part-time employee. They said they were more concerned with her teaching ability than her time in prison.

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