Late Wednesday evening, the Associated Press incorrectly interpreted court documents to determine that gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe lied to postal inspector investigating a Rhode Island death benefits scam.
The report came after McAuliffe's name popped up on a list of investors who bought annuities from a Rhode Island businessman who pleaded guilty in 2012 to stealing the identities of terminally ill patients.
Prior to the AP story being retracted, the McAuliffe campaign responded to NBC12 and strongly denied the AP report. They contended that the "T.M" in the court document is not the candidate.
"The person referenced on page 68 is absolutely not Terry McAuliffe since he was a passive investor and did none of the things referenced: First, he was not interviewed by law enforcement on April 20, 2010; rather, he was in Richmond for a day of meetings," said Schwerin. "Second, he was never involved in the referral of any annuitants to Mr. Caramadre, ever.
"When an investigator contacted Terry briefly by phone, as he said he was doing with other investors, Terry answered a few questions and never heard from him again."
The Associated Press retracted the story at 11:24 p.m. Wednesday.
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