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Hobbs Upchurch Accused of False Federal Stimulus Claims

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into accusations that former state Sen. Fred Hobbs’ consulting firm submitted falsified applications for federal stimulus money to help low-income residents in Yadkin County upgrade their homes, according to The News & Observer of Raleigh.  The Southern Pines-based Hobbs Upchurch & Associates is accused of falsifying homeowners’ signatures on applications, including those of two people who were dead and involving one house that had burned to the ground, The News & Observer reported Wednesday on its website.  Read more at



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