Former chairman of UNC governing board pleads guilty of embezzlement

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — A former chairman of the University of North Carolina’s governing board and two-time Democratic congressional candidate could spend up to 84 years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than $2.5 million from law clients.

The Times-News of Hendersonville reported disbarred attorney Sam Neill of Hendersonville pleaded guilty to five state charges of felony embezzlement Monday.

Sentencing on the state charges will wait until after Neill is sentenced for federal tax fraud. Neill pleaded guilty in April. Prosecutors say he understated his 2008 income by more than $850,000.

Neill was the Democratic nominee for Congress in 2000 and 2002, losing both times to then-incumbent Republican Carles Taylor. Neill also served 12 years on the UNC Board of Governors, including two years as chairman.

Credit: The Associated Press.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.