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By Steve Crump - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Ella Scarborough is known best for being the first African-American to win an at large seat on Charlotte City Council and for being the democrat to take on Mayor Pat McCrory.

 These days Scarborough heads the Black Women's Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and that organization is  the subject of a probe launched by the North Carolina State Attorney General's office.

In letter obtained by WBTV News, The North Carolina consumer protection division is requesting the organization's 501 (c) (3) documents, financial statements and bank records going back to 2004.

State officials also want IRS and North Carolina Department of Revenue documents going back to 2004 and fundraising reports from the 2009 Blackberry Brunch and information regarding scholarships awarded by the group.

The group recently hired local lawyer Kevin Byrnes who responded to the probe in writing by calling it "a fishing expedition" and told  the Attorney General's office the organization is "not interested in expending a great deal of time and money to sate ruffled feathers and unauthorized use of governmental power."

County Commissioner Vilma Leake is an officer in the group. She says the group's documents are in order. "Everything is available, there's nothing to hide," she said.

For the last week, WBTV tried to call and E-mail Ella Scarborough.  We got the group's lawyer on the phone, and so far she's not talking.

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