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Gov. McCrory forfeits contribution from another gambling executive

Gov. Pat McCrory's campaign said Tuesday it would forfeit the money received from the wife of a North Carolina man indicted in an Ohio gambling operation.

VS2 Worldwide Communications owner Richard Upchurch's wife, Sherry, gave the Republican a $2,000 check in October -- six months after he was indicted by an Ohio prosecutor for illegal gambling and money laundering. A superseding indictment came down March 13.

Kim Genardo, a McCrory spokeswoman, said the governor's campaign donated the $2,000 contribution to a charity. State law does not require candidates to purge the money but it is often done by politicians to avoid the appearance of any connection to questionable donors.

McCrory did the same with political contributions from Chase Burns, the owner of International Internet Technologies, a sweepstakes company caught in a massive gambling investigation in Florida. The new charges against Upchurch and those against Burns came down the same day, but Upchurch escaped scrutiny until Dome reported the family's contributions Tuesday.

Sherry Upchurch also contributed $2,000 to GOP House Speaker Thom Tillis. His spokesman did not respond to questions sent Monday about the contribution. But Tillis did donate money he received from Burns to a charity.

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