Harnett County Woman Pleads Guilty in State Tax Case

Date: July 23, 2013

RALEIGH – A Lillington woman pleaded guilty Monday in Wake County Superior Court to charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Tawana Tenise McKoy Gunn, 38, of 850 Joel Johnson Road, Lillington, pleaded guilty on July 22, 2013 to one count of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses and one count of Uttering a Forged Instrument.

Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner sentenced Gunn to a five-month minimum, six-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Gunn was placed on supervised probation for 36 months.  She was ordered to timely and accurately file her North Carolina tax returns, pay restitution of $1,862.32, and pay a $1,000.00 fine.

Information presented in court showed that Gunn filed false North Carolina individual income tax returns representing that she was employed by a local business and had North Carolina income taxes withheld from her wages, when in fact she was not employed by the business and did not have the taxes withheld by the company.  This deceived the Department of Revenue and caused the state to give her credit for payment of individual income tax withholdings that she was not entitled to receive. 

The case against Gunn resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Section in Raleigh.

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