Former NC GOP head pleads guilty to lying in bribery case

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The former chairman of North Carolina’s Republican Party has admitted he broke the law by lying to federal agents about his role in an alleged effort to bribe the state’s top insurance regulator to help a major GOP donor.

Robin Hayes pleaded guilty Wednesday to making a false statement to the FBI. Prosecutors said in his indictment that he agreed to use the party to funnel $250,000 to state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey’s reelection campaign at the request of insurance magnate Greg Lindberg and an associate.

Court documents filed last week say Hayes lied to FBI agents in August 2018 by denying he had talked to Causey about replacing the state official examining Lindberg’s company.

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