Jury Finds Guilford County Resident Guilty of Felony Tax Violations
Date: February 28, 2012
RALEIGH – A Greensboro resident has been found guilty of felony tax charges by a Wake County jury.
Gloria Tatum-Wade, 62, of 3707 Bethany Trace, Greensboro, was found guilty on February 24, 2012, of seven counts of attempting to evade or defeat the state’s individual income tax.
Superior Court Judge Michael J. O'Foghludha sentenced Tatum-Wade to two consecutive six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison terms. The sentence was suspended and Tatum-Wade was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. She was ordered to file and pay taxes for 2004 and 2005 while on probation, pay restitution of $8,754, and pay a $1,500 fine. She was further ordered to fully cooperate with the North Carolina Department of Revenue. Prior to the trial, Tatum-Wade filed her 2006 through 2010 individual income tax returns with the Department of Revenue.
According to evidence presented in court, Tatum-Wade kept on record with Guilford County Schools a fraudulent Form NC-4 that claimed exemption from the state’s income tax during tax years 2004 to 2010. As a result of the Form NC-4, Tatum-Wade had no North Carolina income taxes withheld from her paycheck from 2004 through 2010. She filed a codicil with Guilford County claiming she was a sovereign citizen and exempt from taxes. Tatum-Wade did not pay estimated income tax to the Department of Revenue and did not file North Carolina Individual Income tax returns for those years.
After a weeklong trial, the jury returned guilty verdicts on all seven charges of attempt to evade or defeat North Carolina individual income tax.
The charges against Tatum-Wade resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department's Criminal Investigations Section in Raleigh.
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