- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

The U.S. Attorney for western North Carolina now confirms a Charlotte businessman and his company also aren’t facing legal actions following an examination of state prison contracts.

The spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose said late Wednesday all matters in her office related to The Keith Corp. and Graeme Keith Sr. also are closed. Earlier in the day, the office confirmed the same for Gov. Pat McCrory. Keith has given to McCrory’s campaign in the past.

The status of this examination surfaced after McCrory said in his debate with Attorney General Roy Cooper on Tuesday that he isn’t being investigated by the FBI about the contracts.

The prison contracts got public attention last year when newspapers reported about a 2014 meeting between McCrory, Keith and Department of Public Safety officials in Charlotte.


4:20 p.m.

A federal prosecutor’s office says North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory won’t face any legal action stemming from an examination of state prison contracts held by a company led by a political donor.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Charlotte confirmed Wednesday that U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose told McCrory’s attorney several months ago all matters related to the governor and the contracts have been closed.

The decision didn’t surface until after McCrory said in the debate with Attorney General Roy Cooper on Tuesday that “there is no investigation by the FBI.” McCrory told reporters later the FBI had told him there was no investigation.

The federal reviews stemmed from three contracts held by the company led by Graeme Keith Sr. Questions were raised whether Keith sought favorable treatment.



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