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Wake County Jury Finds U.S. Senate Candidate Misled Investors

Greg Brannon
Jessica Jones

A Wake County jury has decided that one of the Republican U.S. Senate candidates gave false or misleading statements to investors in a technology startup.

After two days of deliberation, a jury in civil court has found that Dr. Greg Brannon gave false information to two men in order to convince them to invest in a now-defunct mobile phone company. Brannon, who is a tea party favorite, is liable for helping repay 250 thousand dollars to those investors.

The men said Brannon misled them about Verizon's interest in a mobile phone app developed by the company, called Neogence. One of the men says the ob-gyn encouraged him to invest when he brought his wife to the doctor's office for a checkup. The jury did not find the CEO of the company liable.

In a statement released by his campaign, Brannon said he completely disagrees with this verdict and that he feels he was treated unfairly by the court. He plans to appeal the decision.


Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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