RALEIGH, N.C. — A former North Carolina district attorney has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from allegations that he and another former prosecutor hired each other’s wives to collect salaries and do little work.

Media outlets report former Rockingham County District Attorney Craig Blitzer pleaded guilty Monday in Wake County Superior Court to a misdemeanor charge of failure to discharge the duties of his office.

As part of the plea agreement, Blitzer paid back $48,000 in unearned money and his wife will not be charged.

Blitzer and ex-Person and Caswell County District Attorney Wallace Bradsher were charged in late June. Authorities say they created the scheme to get around a state restriction on hiring spouses.

The arrangement came to light when one of Bradsher’s former employees sued.

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