Trial date set for former Rep. LaRoque on money laundering, other charges

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - A trial date has been set for former N.C. state Rep. Stephen LaRoque, accused of theft, money laundering and filing false tax returns.

LaRoque's trial is scheduled to begin on May 20 at the federal courthouse in Greenville, according to court papers. The Kinston Republican was indicted last July on federal charges and resigned from the General Assembly shortly after.

Prosecutors said LaRoque used federal loan money, designed to help rural communities, to make personal purchases.  LaRoque allegedly used the $300,000 to buy cars, an ice rink, a zamboni and several faberge eggs, according to documents.

LaRoque faces 12 federal charges in all. He represented Lenoir, Greene and Wayne Counties, but resigned from the General Assembly on Aug. 1 after he was indicted.

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