Harnett County Man Pleads Guilty To Felony Charge

Date: July 23, 2013

RALEIGH – A Bunnlevel man pleaded guilty Monday in Wake County Superior Court to a felony charge filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Gerard L. McLean, 27, of 446 Raynor McLamb Road, Bunnlevel, pleaded guilty on July 22, 2013 to one count of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses.

Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner sentenced McLean to a six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and McLean was placed on supervised probation for 36 months.  He was ordered to timely and accurately file his North Carolina tax returns, pay restitution of $980.00, and pay a $1,000.00 fine.

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

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

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