Lumberton Woman Pleads Guilty in State Tax Case

Date: September 25, 2013

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

Sherrell Newberry Downing, 43, of 4788 Singletary Church Road, Lumberton, pleaded guilty on September 24, 2013 to one count of obtaining property by false pretenses and one count of uttering a forged instrument.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens sentenced Downing to a five-month minimum, six-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Downing was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. She was ordered to pay restitution of $14,628.02.

Information presented in court showed that Downing filed fraudulent North Carolina individual income tax returns for the tax years 2009, 2010, and 2011 claiming refunds totaling of $9,275. The refunds were based on fraudulent W-2’s that were filed with the returns.

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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