Senator Fletcher Hartsell (R-Concord), the longest-serving legislator currently in the Senate, has been indicted by a Wake County grand jury, on three counts of knowingly certifying incorrect campaign finance documents. From Lynn Bonner and Anne Blythe at the N&O
The state Board of Elections voted about a year ago to forward results of its lengthy examination of Hartsell’s campaign-finance expenditures to state and federal prosecutors on the belief that he had used campaign money to pay personal expenses. A federal investigation is pending.
A News & Observer investigation of Hartsell’s campaign spending triggered the state’s extensive review.
The state investigation found that Hartsell spent more than $109,000 from his campaign account to pay personal expenses from 2009 to 2012. In a statement last year on the board’s action, Hartsell said he believed he fully complied with the law.
The elections board’s investigation discovered Hartsell spent campaign donations on dinners with his family, haircuts, shoe repairs, to pay speeding tickets, part of his driver license renewal fee, and more.
Hartsell had filed to run for a 14th term in December, but then withdrew in December. He turned himself in to the Wake County Magistrate's Office today.