The president of the Northern Republican Republican Party, an owner of an insurer, and two others were accused of corruption in a federal criminal charge that was not sealed Tuesday, claiming they were attempting to punish the State Insurance Commissioner, Mike Causey.
bribe attempt, as Mr. Causey reported to law enforcement authorities, began in 2017 during the commissioner's re-election campaign, the accusation said.
According to the accusation, Robin Hayes, president of the North Carolina Republican party, Greg E. Lindberg, chairman of the securities company Eli Global LLC and owner of Global Bankers Insurance Group, John Gray, a consultant for Lindberg and John Palermo, vice president of Special Project at Eli Global and Chairman of the Chatham County Republican Party, conspired to bribe the commissioner by offering "million dollars in campaign contributions", including.
In return, the four men sought the commissioner to replace an official with the highest insurance department, who they believed strengthened efforts to extend Lindberg's operations in other states, with Mr Palermo.
Mr. Hayes served in the US House of Representatives from 1
In a statement, Deputy Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the US Department of Justice's criminal department said: "The accusation not sent today outlines a brazen bribe, where Greg Lindberg and his co-conspirators have stated offered hundreds of thousands of dollars in promotional contributions in exchange for official actions that would benefit Lindberg's business interests. "
" Thanks to the voluntary reporting by the North Carolina Insurance Commissioner, we have discovered an alleged plan to violate our federal corruption laws, "added US lawyer Andrew Murray for the Western District of North Carolina in the statement.
The defendants made their first appearance in the federal court in Charlotte on Tuesday.
North Carolina Republican Party said in a statement Tuesday: "Early this morning, the North American Republican Party was made aware of several allegations of a great donor's behavior to both major political parties and two of his co-workers. For several months, including staff who provide statements and respond to various document requests, the party, which has its daily operations managed by professional staff led by the NCGOP Central Committee, remains fully operational and focused on its mission at hand. "