Harnett County Woman Pleads Guilty in State Tax Case

Date: October 1, 2013

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

Shante Renee Surles, 24, of 16 Harper Street, Linden, pleaded guilty on September, 30, 2013 to two counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses and two counts of Uttering a Forged Instrument.

District Court Judge Margaret Eagles sentenced Surles to a six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and she was placed on supervised probation for 48 months.  She was ordered to abide by all state and federal tax laws, pay restitution of $2,347.47, pay a fine of $2,000.00, and complete 100 hours of community service.

Information presented in court showed that Surles filed a 2009 North Carolina individual income tax return 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.  She also filed a 2010 North Carolina individual income tax return representing that she had North Carolina income taxes withheld from her wages different than that 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.  Surles’ Uttering Forged Instrument charges resulted from false 2009 and 2010 Wage and Tax Statements.  

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

 


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