Federal investigators have subpoenaed documents related to Mary Easley from state auditor Beth A. Wood.
Her office was served with a subpoena late Friday, said Dennis Patterson, a spokesman for the auditor's office, on Tuesday.
Last fall, the auditor's office, then led by Les Merritt, said that it had determined that state-funded trips Mary Easley took to France, Estonia and Russia while first lady included "unreasonable and excessive expenses." Patterson said he could not reveal whether the auditor's office had investigated Easley's controversial $170,000-a-year job at N.C. State University or anything else about her beyond the trips.
The investigators had not yet picked up any documents as of mid-day, he said.
NCSU received similar subpoenas last week from federal prosecutors seeking records about how Easley got her job and, last year, a promotion and raise. They also issued subpoenas seeking testimony from two university officers.
Investigators are looking into activities of former Gov. Mike Easley, including travel records. A News & Observer series earlier this month detailed dozens of free flights that Mike Easley had accepted from friends and supporters, some in apparent violation of campaign laws and ethics rules. An earlier N&O story revealed that Mary Easley was driving a car owned by a Charlotte auto dealer and NASCAR team owner, and that the Easleys' son was driving an SUV owned by another car dealer.
Mary Easley got a job at NCSU in 2005. Last summer, the university expanded her duties and gave her an 88 percent raise.
UNC system President Erskine Bowles said earlier this month that McQueen Campbell, an Easley family friend who Mike Easley had appointed to univesrsty's board of trustees, had acknowledged suggesting to Chancellor James Oblinger that NCSU hire her.
Bowles called for Campbell to resign, which he did, then said Mary Easley should quit, too, for the good of the university. Oblinger has also called for her to resign.
Mary Easley is one year into a five-year contract. Last week, she revealed that she had hired Marvin Schiller, a lawyer who has handled cases for state employees regarding their jobs. Schiller said in a news conference hat she wasn't going to resign. He declined repeatedly to say whether she would accept a buyout.
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