North Carolina Insurance Donor Wants Political Bribery Case Dropped

September 23, 2019

Lawyers for the North Carolina insurance magnate charged with trying to bribe the state’s top insurance regulator say the case should be dismissed because he claims he was exercising his right to support elected officials who were responsive to constituents.

Greg Lindberg’s lawyers this week asked a judge to dismiss the federal criminal charges. Lindberg is the founder and chairman of Eli Global LLC, which is in the process of changing its name to Global Growth LLC, and the owner of Global Bankers Insurance Group (GBIG).

Lindberg, former North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes and two other men have pleaded innocent to charges that they were part of a plan to funnel up to $2 million into the campaign treasury of state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who is Republican.

Lindberg’s lawyers say his requests for Causey to replace a deputy examining his insurance companies were appropriate because he wasn’t asking for an outcome from government officials and hadn’t yet given Causey campaign money.

In June, A Raleigh-based state judge issued an order allowing Causey to take over four insurance companies that are controlled by Lindberg and based in the state. Causey said in a legal filing that he had concerns about whether the companies had enough liquidity to meet obligations.

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