Ex-North Carolina Rep. Hayes gets probation for lying to FBI
CHARLOTTE, N.C. A former North Carolina congressman was sentenced Wednesday to probation for lying to FBI agents about his role in a scheme with a wealthy insurance company magnate to try to bribe the states top insurance regulator. Ex-U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes received no prison time from U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn, in keeping with the requests of federal prosecutors and Hayes attorneys. The insurance executive, Greg Lindberg, and another person convicted in the case were to be sentenced later in the day. A wealthy insurance and investment firm founder, Lindberg had been among the states top political donors. The government had recommended probation for Hayes, 75, because they said he admitted his crime, accepted responsibility and agreed to cooperate.