Former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque has been granted a new trial on every federal charge against him.
"I look forward to the new trial," LaRoque said as he walked out of the federal courthouse in Greenville Tuesday.
Senoir United States District Judge Malcolm Howard ruled at about noon that LaRoque will be getting a new trial on all 12 federal charges. There is no word on a date.
LaRoque was originally convicted in June 2013 of the 12 federal counts, including money laundering, theft, giving false information to the federal government, and filing false tax returns.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, LaRoque scammed taxpayers to finance a lavish lifestyle, including $2.1 million in salary payments and $300,000 in interest-free personal loans used to buy luxury items, such as a Zamboni, an ice skating rink, and Faberge eggs.
Investigators said LaRoque funneled money from his non-profit group, East Carolina Development Company, into his own pocket. The company was supposed to give loans to small businesses.
But on Aug. 1, a federal judge ruled there was misconduct by a juror. According to court documents, the juror did online research on filing taxes, which was relevant to two counts against LaRoque of making and subscribing a false tax return.
Howard initially ruled that LaRoque will get a new trial on just those two counts. But on Tuesday, Howard decided that the former representative from Kinston will be retried on all 12 federal charges.
Prosecutors failed to rebut the "presumption of prejudice" that arose from the juror's research, Howard said.
LaRoque, a Republican, represented Lenoir, Wayne and Greene counties in the North Carolina General Assembly. He resigned after he was indicted in July 2012.
Prosecutors declined to comment after Howard's ruling.