Balducci was alleged to have said during one conversation with Zach Scruggs and Backstrom that “we paid for this ruling; let’s be sure it says what we want it to say,” the indictment says.
Richard Scruggs created a paper trail to disguise the bribe money as payments to Balducci for doing work on an unrelated case, according to the indictment.
Balducci pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to bribe an elected state official. The charge carries a five-year sentence. No sentencing date was set and Balducci was released on his own recognizance.