Expelled NC House member released from prison

May. 26, 2014 @ 11:31 AM

A former North Carolina lawmaker has been released from prison after more than six years following fraud and obstruction of justice convictions.

State Department of Public Safety spokesman Keith Acree says former Rep. Thomas Wright was released from a minimum-security prison around 6:30 a.m. Monday and a probation officer drove him home. Acree says Wright will serve nine months of post-release supervision.

The State Board of Elections received a complaint against Wright in 2006. The probe led the House to kick the eight-term Democrat out of office in 2008 the first expulsion in more than a century.

A few weeks later, Wright was convicted of mishandling charity contributions and fraudulently obtaining a loan. Another jury later found he broke the law by failing to report $150,000 in political contributions.