Ex-N.C. lottery commissioner reports to prison

JESUP, Ga. -- Former N.C. lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings reported Monday morning to a federal prison camp in Jesup, said his attorney and federal prison officials.

Geddings, 42, began a four-year prison term for fraud charges stemming from his appointment to the N.C. Lottery Commission in 2005. He did not disclose on his state ethics form that lottery companies had paid him thousands in consulting fees in the years leading up to his appointment.

A jury convicted him in October, and a judge sentenced him in May.

"From what I understand, he was reported in," attorney Abraham Abramovsky of New York City said in a telephone interview Monday.

Abramovsky said he spoke with Geddings earlier Monday.

"No one sounds all that upbeat when he's going into a prison," Abramovsky said, "but he is certainly hopeful that his conviction will be reversed on appeal, and so am I. And we're still hopeful that bail will be granted."

The minimum-security camp houses about 150 inmates.

Geddings has asked permission to remain at home with his family in St. Augustine, Fla., while he appeals his sentence and conviction. Late Sunday, he asked to delay the start of his prison term for 30 days while a judge considers whether to grant the request.

Monday, Dever denied Geddings' request to remain free pending his appeal.

Geddings is a former Democratic campaign consultant and marketing executive who once lived and owned radio stations in the Charlotte area. In 2005, he considered running for Charlotte mayor. In 1999, he was chief of staff to S.C. Gov. Jim Hodges.

Geddings' conviction added to the scandals that last year surrounded then-House Speaker Jim Black, a Matthews, N.C., Democrat who appointed Geddings to the lottery commis- sion. Black later pleaded guilty to corruption charges, and he is scheduled to be sentenced July 11.