Harnett County Woman Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date: August 13, 2013

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

Tori Lynn Hollingsworth, 33, of 1260 Fire Lane Road, Bunnlevel, pleaded guilty on August 13, 2013 to one count of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses and one count of Uttering a Forged Instrument.

Superior Court Judge Reuben Young sentenced Hollingsworth to a five-month minimum, six-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Hollingsworth was placed on supervised probation for 36 months.  She was ordered to timely and accurately file her North Carolina tax returns and pay restitution of $1,294.91.

Information presented in court showed that Hollingsworth filed false North Carolina individual income tax returns for the tax years 2008 and 2009 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.  Hollingsworth filed a false 2010 North Carolina individual income tax return representing that she had North Carolina income taxes withheld from her wages different than the amount reported by her employer. The returns 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 charges against Hollingsworth resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Section in Raleigh.                                                                                                                               
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