Cumberland County Woman Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

June 27, 2013

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

La Reina Whitfield, 33, of 1480 Distinct Circle, Fayetteville pleaded guilty on June 27, 2013 to one count of Willful Failure to File Return, Supply Information, or Pay Tax.

Wake County District Court Judge Debra Sasser sentenced Whitfield to a 45-day prison term. The sentence was suspended and Whitfield was placed on unsupervised probation for 12 months.  Whitfield was ordered to file all of her future income tax returns timely and accurately and pay a $100 fine.

An investigation by a special agent with the North Carolina Department of Revenue found that on or about April 15, 2010, Whitfield failed to file a North Carolina State Individual Income Tax Return for the tax year 2009.  Whitfield was a resident of North Carolina during the 2009 tax year and made sufficient income as a tax preparer at One Stop Financial Center in Dunn, NC, which required her to file an income tax return.  Whitfield was aware of this requirement and willfully failed to comply with State Revenue Laws.

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

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