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Two more Perdue associates surrender

Friday, December 02, 2011

Two more former associates of Governor Beverly Perdue turned themselves in to authorities Wednesday.

Juleigh Lee Sitton and Trawick Hamilton "Buzzy" Stubbs went before a magistrate and were released.

They were indicted by a grand jury Monday on obstruction of justice and filing false report charges related to Perdue's election campaign.

The indictments accuse Sitton and Peter Reichard of hiding that Sitton was being paid an additional $32,000 - $2,000 a month for 16 months - to work full-time for Perdue's campaign through outside money that was funneled through a merchant banking firm operated by Reichard called Tryon Capital Partners. Reichard solicited and accepted money from Morganton business owner Charles M. Fulenwider, according to the indictment. Fulenwider has not been charged.

Stubbs is the former law partner of Perdue's late husband. He's accused of contributing or paying expenses totaling more than $28,000 through his law firm by paying for Perdue to fly on his plane and then allegedly reporting the flights were contributed to the North Carolina Democratic Party.

The three former Perdue associates face a total of five felony charges all linked to an investigation of alleged campaign irregularities.

Reichard turned himself into authorities in Raleigh on Tuesday and was booked and set free. Reichard's attorney said Tuesday his client was willing to accept responsibility for his actions and hoped for a quick resolution of the case.

Sitton - an attorney - came to court Wednesday accompanied by her father, a retired Burke County Superior Court judge. She went before a magistrate where an unsecured bond of $50,000 was set and she was released.

Sitton and her attorney both declined to speak with reporters as they left the building and it wasn't clear if she intends to fight the charges.

Stubbs' attorney David Long said he intends to fight the charges.

"He certainly had no intent to violate any law and he intends to plead not guilty and we'll look forward to going to trial," said Long.

Perdue herself has denied any wrongdoing. In a statement released after the indictments were made public Monday, she said in part: "as a citizen, a candidate for public office, and an elected official, I have strived to follow the rules and laws."

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