Former North Carolina Rep. Frank Ballance dies at 77

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Services are this week for North Carolina Democratic politician Frank Ballance, who served briefly in Congress and later went to federal prison for activities related to a charitable organization.

Family spokesman Carlton Pressley confirmed on Monday that Ballance died Friday at a Raleigh hospital, saying he didn’t survive after undergoing a procedure there. He was 77.

Ballance served over two decades in the state House and Senate. He was elected to Congress in 2002, but resigned in 2004, citing ill health. Ballance pleaded guilty that year to conspiring to divert taxpayer money to his family and others through a foundation he helped start while at the General Assembly. He left prison in 2009.

A memorial service is set for Thursday in Raleigh, followed on Friday by a funeral in Windsor.

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