Onslow County Residents Charged with Multiple State Tax Offenses

Date: March 27, 2013

RALEIGH – Two Richlands residents were arrested Wednesday on tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Robert W. Brownfield, 48, of 200 Rand Street, Richlands was charged on March 27, 2013 with four counts of Willful Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax, four counts of Uttering Forged Instrument and one count of Willful Failure to File Income Tax Returns.

Arrest warrants allege that Robert Brownfield willfully and feloniously filed false and fraudulent 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 North Carolina Individual Income tax returns, claiming no taxable income, when in fact Brownfield did earn income, all in an attempt to evade and defeat the North Carolina Individual Income tax. Additional warrants allege that Brownfield unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did utter, publish, pass or deliver as true to the North Carolina Department of Revenue, falsely made and forged 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 Miscellaneous Income Statements (Form 1099).  In addition, Brownfield was charged with unlawfully and willfully failing to file a 2008 North Carolina Individual Income Tax Return.

Mary C. Brownfield, 40, also of 200 Rand Street, Richlands was charged on March 27, 2013 with two counts of Willful Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax and three counts of Willful Failure to File Income Tax Returns.

Arrest warrants allege that Mary Brownfield willfully and feloniously filed false and fraudulent 2006 and 2007 North Carolina Individual Income Tax Returns with the North Carolina Department of Revenue understating her taxable income, all in an attempt to evade and defeat the North Carolina Individual Income Tax.  In addition, she unlawfully and willfully failed to file a North Carolina Individual Income Tax Return for 2008, 2009 and 2010.  Brownfield was employed by the Onslow County Public Schools during 2006 through 2010.

The Brownfields appeared before an Onslow County magistrate. Robert Brownfield was placed under an $81,500 bond and Mary Brownfield was placed under a $24,500 bond.  A first appearance was scheduled for both on April 1, 2013 in Wake County District Court in Raleigh.

The charges against the Brownfields resulted from an investigation by a Special Agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Section in Raleigh.


                                                                                                                              


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