Scott Anderson, who went to work for the National Education Association after he left Easley's office, was caught up in the lottery scandal and former lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings 2006 fraud trial, Lynn Bonner reports.
Sheri Strickland, NCAE president, said she thoroughly checked into Anderson's involvement with Geddings and the lottery and shared everything she found with the NCAE search committee.
"The legal and ethical implications were vetted through NEA at the time," Strickland said, and she found nothing about Anderson's involvement that would disqualify him from holding the NCAE job.
NCAE had 166 applications for the job, Strickland said, and Anderson stood out for his knowledge of the state and his work for Easley. NCAE signed Anderson to a two-year contract. He started work March 1.
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A federal jury convicted Geddings of fraud for failing to disclose thousands of dollars in advertising and consulting work he performed for a lottery company in the years before his appointment to the lottery commission.
Anderson called Geddings 46 times while he worked in Easley's office. He later reimbursed the state for the calls, saying they were personal.
Anderson helped launch radio ads targeting three Republican senators, which Geddings produced. Anderson was a prosecution witness at Geddings' trial.