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Monday - April 5, 2004

GREENVILLE - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that NORMAN Y. CHAMBLISS III pled guilty in federal court in Greenville on Monday, April 5, 2004, to felonies relating to the investigation of the Meg Scott Phipps Campaign 2000 for Commissioner of Agriculture.

A criminal information filed by the United States Attorney's Office on March 1, 2004, charged CHAMBLISS with obstruction of justice in connection with the federal grand jury investigation in 2002 and 2003. The information alleged that CHAMBLISS, 52, of Rocky Mount, N. C., colluded with another witness in order to impede the Government's investigation and provided false statements to law enforcement assisting the grand jury investigation.

U. S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard tentatively has scheduled sentencing for the July 6, 2004, term of court in Greenville. CHAMBLISS could receive a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000.00, and a supervised release term of three years.

This case resulted from an investigation conducted jointly by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, in conjunction with the United States Attorney's Office and the Office of Wake County District Attorney C. Colon Willoughby. The Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division of the U. S. Department of Justice also played a role in the investigation. Assistant U. S. Attorney Dennis M. Duffy and Executive Assistant U. S. Attorney John Stuart Bruce are handling the case for the government.

The grand jury investigation will continue.


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