Former Fletcher Official Pleads

A former aide to Governor Fletcher appeared in court on June 11, 2007, for his role in a state hiring scandal.

Former State Highway Engineer Sam Beverage pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor official conduct charge. By pleading guilty, Beverage elminates the need for an election year trial.

Beverage is the only current or former Fletcher Administration official still facing criminal charges stemming from the state hiring scandal that erupted in May 2005.

Originally Beverage was pardoned, but later made false statements to a grand jury about the merit-position appointments of two employees.

Beverage faces a $500 fine and up to 12 months in jail under the deal with prosecutors.

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