Meg Scott Phipps was the
of Agriculture for the state of North Carolina from 2001 to 2003.
She is the daughter of former North Carolina governor Bob Scott
and granddaughter of former U.S.
Senator and North Carolina Governor W.
. Phipps is a 1978
graduate of Wake Forest University and a 1981 graduate of the Norman Adrian Wiggins School
of Law at Campbell
, she was
elected to the position of Agriculture Commissioner in November
2000. Controversy erupted less than a month into
her term when she selected a new midway vendor for the North Carolina
State Fair, replacing a longtime vendor, who filed suit
against the state.
In May 2001, allegations emerged of
inappropriate use of campaign funds from her 2000 campaign.
Resignation and criminal charges
After two campaign aides were indicted
and one pleaded guilty
charges, North Carolina
Governor Mike Easley
asked Phipps to
resign her position, which she held fast to through a month of
additional investigations. She finally resigned her position on
June 6, 2003, and was replaced by interim commissioner Britt Cobb
In October 2003, Phipps was tried and was found guilty in state
court on perjury
and obstruction of justice
afterwards, she pleaded guilty
of the original 30 federal charges against her, including fraud
and witness tampering
2004, she was sentenced to four years in federal prison and served
her sentence at Alderson
Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia.
On April 23, 2007, Phipps was released from prison. She wore an
electronic ankle bracelet and was able to leave her house only to
go to work through August. The Raleigh News &
Observer reported that she would become director of
Christian education at Hawfields
Presbyterian Church, her family church, in Alamance
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