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SEANC Director Resigns Amid Questions About His Spending

Dana Cope, executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, speaks during a 2011 news conference in front of the N.C. Legislative Building.

The longtime executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina has resigned amid questions about possible financial improprieties at the group.

Dana Cope announced his departure Tuesday, saying he had blurred the line between his personal life and his professional life.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Sunday that the association had paid $109,000 in unbid landscaping work to a company that also worked at Cope's home. The article also detailed spending of more than $8,000 for flight lessons for Cope and personal expenses paid with association credit cards that included eyebrow waxing.

Wake County's top prosecutor has asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into the spending.

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