New Hanover County Woman Pleads Guilty in State Tax Case

Date: September 26, 2013

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

Michelle H. Jarrell, 44 of, 806 Caspian Court, Wilmington, pleaded guilty on September 25, 2013 to two counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens sentenced Jarrell to a five-month minimum, six-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Jarrell was placed on supervised probation for 60 months. She was ordered to pay restitution of $28,395.30, comply with all state tax law and waive her right to contest any civil assessment associated with the facts of this case.

Information presented in court showed that Jarrell unlawfully obtained refunds totaling $28,395.30 for the tax years 2007 through 2011, based on altered Wage and Tax Statements, which were intended to cheat and defraud the State.

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

                                                                                                                              


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