WRAL.com reports:

A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted the lawyer for former Gov. Mike Easley on a slew of charges, including extortion and money laundering.

The federal grand jury has been investigating Easley’s dealings with friends and contributors while in office.

Ruffin Poole, who was Easley’s lawyer during the governor’s two terms in office, was named in a 51-count indictment that also included several counts of mail fraud and a notice that federal prosecutors planned to seize any property linked to criminal activity.