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Former DOT Sec. Lyndo Tippett subpoenaed

Lyndo Tippett, the former secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation, has been issued a subpoena regarding the probe of the administration of former Gov. Mike Easley.

Tippett declined to comment when reached at his Fayetteville office on Monday, other than to confirm he had received the subpoena.

DOT released a copy of a federal subpoena sent to an employee last week that asked for documents showing whether any payoffs or gifts were made or received, to or from the "relevant parties" listed.

The list of names listed as "relevant parties" includes Tippett, Easley; his wife, Mary; Ruffin Poole; Easley's campaign committee; and former Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand.

Poole, a close aide to Easley, was indicted on 57 corruption counts related to actions while working for the former governor. He pleaded guilty to a single count of income tax evasion in April in a deal with prosecutors that requires him to cooperate with their ongoing investigation.

In the subpoena sent to DOT last week, prosecutors asked for documents and information about Law Enforcement Associates, a Raleigh company where Rand serves as board chairman. Tippett, a longtime LEA investor, joined the company's board last year.

Two former LEA board members have accused Rand of scheming to manipulate the company's publicly traded stock. Rand has denied the accusation. In December, The News & Observer reported that state agencies bought about $200,000 in sophisticated spying equipment from LEA, some of it through no-bid contracts.

Former Division of Motor Vehicles commissioner George Tatum also owned more than 30,000 shares of LEA stock at the same time the agency he headed bought at least $64,124 in products from the company without seeking competitive bids.

Rand, who was appointed by Gov. Bev. Perdue as chairman of the state parole board as he resigned his senate seat at the end of last year, could not be reached for comment in recent days about whether he has also received a subpoena.

Tippett and Tatum, both close political allies of Rand's from Fayetteville, were appointed by Easley.
Tatum resigned as the DMV's commissioner in 2007, but is still on the state payroll as the director of emergency management at Fayetteville State University. He could not be reached for comment Monday.


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Is tony rand on vacay? where is he?

total democrackkk control for over 130+ years in NC...HOW do we SHUT DOWN these perpetual CRIMINALS?


#5 Most Corrupt state in the union, Peoples Republic of NC

The web keeps getting bigger.

#5 most corrupt state in the USA.

Making NJ and IL look like church groups in comparison.

Is that someone I hear singing in the background??

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