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x-post from LBN: McCrae Dowless, central figure in 9th District election probe, indicted

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Source: WRAL-TV

McCrae Dowless, central figure in 9th District election probe, indicted

Posted 11:53 a.m. today
Updated 11 minutes ago

By Tyler Dukes, WRAL investigative reporter, Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter, and Laura Leslie, WRAL capitol bureau chief

RALEIGH, N.C. McCrae Dowless, the Bladen County political operative who emerged as a central figure in the investigation into irregularities in the 9th Congressional District, was arrested and charged Wednesday with a series of felonies primarily related to his handling of absentee ballots in the 2016 general election and 2018 primary.

Dowless was charged with three counts of felonious obstruction of justice, two counts of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and two counts of possession of an absentee ballot. Four others Caitlyn Croom, Matthew Mathis, Tonia Gordon and Rebecca Thompson face charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and one count of possession of an absentee ballot, according to a press release from Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman's Office.

Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation took Dowless into custody without incident in Bladenboro, N.C., Wednesday morning.

Freeman has led the investigation into absentee ballot irregularities since last year, when Bladen County's district attorney recused himself from the case forwarded by state elections investigators. She said Wednesday that her investigation was continuing and could expand into the 2018 general election after her review of an separate investigation by the State Board of Elections.

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Read more: https://www.wral.com/mccrae-dowless-central-figure-in-9th-district-election-probe-indicted/18222776/

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