Warrant: Lawyer admitted to lobbying without being registered

Warrant: Lawyer admitted to lobbying without being registered

RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) - An affidavit attached to a search warrant unsealed earlier this month says Raleigh attorney Mark Bibbs admitted to lobbying at the North Carolina General Assembly without being properly registered.

The warrant was filed in July of this year by criminal investigators with the North Carolina Secretary of State's Office, the state agency charged with investigating violations of the state's lobbying law.

Previous warrants filed by investigators and unsealed earlier in 2017 show the investigation into Bibbs was prompted, in part, by a WBTV investigation that began in August 2016.

The new warrant sought—and was gr anted—access to an email account maintained by the owner of a bail bonds company who Bibbs claimed to lobby on behalf of during the 2016 legislation session.

"Bibbs was interviewed December 9, 2016 and admitted he had lobbied without being registered," the affidavit accompanying the search warrant said.

In an email sent Thursday, Bibbs directed a reporter to his attorney, Raleigh criminal lawyer Russell DeMent.

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A staff member at DeMent's office said he was out of the office and could not be reached for comment.

WBTV also sent emails to the owners of two organizations on whose behalf Bibbs lobbied seeking comment but had not received a response by press time.

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