Meg Scott Phipps
|Meg Scott Phipps|
|North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture|
|Preceded by||James Allen Graham|
|Succeeded by||Britt Cobb|
From Mebane, North Carolina, she is the daughter of former North Carolina governor Bob Scott and former First Lady Jessie Rae Scott, as well as the granddaughter of former U.S. Senator and North Carolina Governor W. Kerr Scott. Phipps is a 1978 graduate of Wake Forest University and a 1981 graduate of the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University.
A Democrat, 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 immediately 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 to federal fraud and extortion charges, North Carolina Governor Mike Easley asked Phipps to resign her position. She finally resigned her position on June 6, 2003 and was replaced by interim commissioner Britt Cobb.
In October 2003, Phipps was tried and found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice charges; soon afterwards, she pleaded guilty to five of the original 30 federal charges against her, including fraud, conspiracy, and witness tampering. In March 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 Mebane in Alamance County.
- wral.com, April 23, 2007, Meg Scott Phipps Returns Home After Prison Stint by David Crabtree
- newsobserver.com | Phipps released from prison Archived October 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Top News: Phipps to be released from prison, phipps, prison, family - www.thetimesnews.com
- newsobserver.com | Church job, ankle bracelet await Phipps after prison Archived October 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
James Allen Graham
|North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture
2001 – 2003