Lumberton Woman Charged with State Tax Offenses

Date: March 1, 2013

RALEIGH – A Lumberton woman was arrested Tuesday on felony tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Sherrell Newberry Downing, 42, of 4788 Singletary Church Road, Lumberton, was charged on February 26, 2012 with three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and eight counts of uttering forged instruments.

Arrest warrants allege that Downing filed fraudulent North Carolina individual income tax returns for 2009, 2010, and 2011 claiming refunds totaling $9,275, representing income and withholding which was not reported by the employers to Downing.  Downing claimed the state withholding when she knew that no income tax had been withheld.  Additional warrants allege that Downing uttered, published, passed and delivered as true, falsely made and forged 2009, 2010 and 2010 wage and tax statements. 

Downing appeared before a Robeson County magistrate and was placed under a $10,000 secured bond.  A first appearance was scheduled for February 27, 2013 in Wake County District Court in Raleigh.

The charges against Downing resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department's Criminal Investigations Section in Raleigh.


                                                                                                                              


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