A businesswoman who ran unsuccessfully for Congress and mayor of Raleigh has been sentenced in federal court to more than six years in prison for mail fraud.
Carolyn Grant also must serve three years of supervised probation after her release. She pleaded guilty last year to mail fraud stemming from a real estate investment scam.
Defense attorney Woody Webb Sr. says the mail fraud occurred in a 2007 mailing and was related to a real estate project in Raleigh.
Grant was the first female chair of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.
She was a Democrat when she ran unsuccessfully for Raleigh mayor in 1999. In 2002, after switching to the Republican Party, she lost to Democrat Brad Miller for the U.S. House of Representatives.