A former chairman of the University of North Carolina's governing board and two-time Democratic congressional candidate has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for tax fraud.
Sam Neill of Hendersonville was also ordered to pay almost $500,000 in back taxes at his sentencing hearing in Asheville on Wednesday.
Neill is due in state court Thursday to be sentenced on five charges of felony embezzlement. Authorities say he took nearly $2.5 million from estates and trusts under his care. He faces up to 84 years in state prison.
Neill was a Democratic nominee for the U.S. House in 2000 and 2002, losing both times. He also served 12 years on the UNC Board of Governors, including two years as chairman.