Onslow County Couple Pleads Guilty To Felony Tax Charges

Date: November 1, 2013

RALEIGH –A Richlands couple pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wake County Superior Court to felony tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Robert Brownfield, 49, and Mary C. Brownfield, 41, both of 200 Rand Street, Richlands, North Carolina pleaded guilty on October 29, 2013.  Robert Brownfield pleaded guilty to three counts of Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax and three counts of Uttering Forged Instrument.  Mary Brownfield pleaded guilty to one count of Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens sentenced both Robert and Mary Brownfield to a six- month minimum, eight- month maximum prison terms.  The sentences for both were suspended and they were placed on supervised probation for 60 months.  Robert Brownfield was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $10,000 fine.  Mary Brownfield was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 fine.  The Brownfields were jointly ordered to pay restitution of $5,259.05.

Information presented in court showed that Robert Brownfield filed amended North Carolina Individual Income tax returns accompanied by forms 1099.  The forms 1099 showed zero taxable income from his employers Louden Trucking and Mercer Transportation when in fact he earned more than $400,000 from these companies during 2004, 2005 and 2006.  Mary Brownfield filed a 2006 North Carolina Individual Income tax return showing wages earned in the amount of $3,776.15, when in fact she earned approximately $38,000.00 as a teacher for the Onslow County School District.  Mary Brownfield made admissions that she and her husband do not agree with tax laws.  

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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