Public money, personal gain

Public money, personal gain

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Former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque headed to prison

Stephen LaRoque will spend the next two years in a federal prison, punishment for stealing from the federally-funded non-profit he ran. LaRoque, 51, a former Republican state representative from Kinston was given the 24-month sentence Wednesday morning. He ...
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USDA: Open investigation into Rep. LaRoque

The federal agriculture department has opened an ongoing investigation into state Rep. Stephen LaRoque’s two economic development non-profits, a spokeswoman for the agency confirmed. The Kinston-based non-profits – the East Carolina Development Company and Piedmont Development Company – ...
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Pressure mounts for formal ethics investigation of LaRoque

Lawmakers should conduct a bipartisan ethics investigation  into the business dealings of state Rep. Stephen LaRoque, a top Republican in the legislature said today. House Minority Leader Joe Hackney, the Democratic leader in the Republican-controlled N.C. House of ...
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LaRoque defamation suit gone, non-profit pays $17K in fines

State Rep. Stephen LaRoque’s federally-funded non-profit will pay thousands in contempt of court fines as part of the state lawmaker’s agreement to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against a political opponent. LaRoque, a Kinston Republican, dismissed a defamation lawsuit ...
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LaRoque’s IRS tax forms don’t mention $200K loan to his company

A federal tax return for Stephen LaRoque’s nonprofit didn’t disclose a loan given to the lawmaker’s private company last year, despite the IRS asking if the nonprofit’s leaders benefitted from the charity. The loan’s omission on the tax ...
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NC lawmaker gets big pay while loaning friends federal money

KINSTON—As N.C. Rep. Stephen LaRoque tells it on the campaign trail, both state and federal government are too big, wasteful of taxpayers' money and in the way of private business. "Government can't be all things to all people," said LaRoque, a conservative Republican from Kinston, in a televised debatebefore his 2010 re-election. "We need more self-reliance and accountability." ...
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How the investigation was done

Stories in this investigation: NC lawmaker gets big pay while loaning friends federal money | LaRoque a polarizing force in N.C. General Assembly | Poverty target of federal program | How the investigation was done | The story ...
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LaRoque a polarizing force in N.C. General Assembly

Controversy stays close to N.C. Rep. Stephen LaRoque, a Kinston Republican whose unapologetic, aggressive style thrusts him into the spotlight on a regular basis. Now in his third term after a four-year hiatus, LaRoque was named co-chair of the powerful Rules Committee this year by N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis. ...
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Poverty target of federal program

The USDA's Intermediary Relending Program works in areas where big banks won't by using infusions of federal cash to fight rural poverty through small business loans. The program has sent $280 million into the national economy over the last seven years, including $25 million in North Carolina. ...
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