Anson County Resident Guilty of State Tax Charges; Receives Active Sentence
RALEIGH – An Anson County woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wake County District Court
to felony tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.
Frances Banks Barrier, 52, of Route 1, P.O. Box 436, Lilesville, received an active prison
sentence after pleading guilty to seven counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. She
admitted filing fraudulent individual income tax returns for tax years 1999, 2000 and 2001.
The returns were based on fraudulent wage and tax statements from companies that either did
not exist or had no record of Barrier’s employment. Bank records also showed that state
refund checks were deposited into Barrier's business account under the name Jo-Fran Transport.
Jo-Fran Transport is a trucking company owned and operated by Barrier and her husband.
Barrier also admitted to filing fraudulent 2000 and 2001 individual income tax returns for
her deceased parents, James and Cora Porter. Based on the fraudulent returns, refunds totaling
$31,496 were issued to Barrier's parents after their deaths. These refunds were mailed to
the post office box previously used by the Porters, which Barrier has controlled since her
father's death in 2000. Barrier's mother died in 1993.
Barrier also confessed to filing fraudulent income tax returns for her husband, son, and
father-in-law dating back to 1997. State income tax refunds, based on fraudulently prepared
tax returns, totaling $123,012.09 have been deposited into Barrier’s bank account since
1998. Bank video shows Barrier personally depositing the 2001 state tax refund checks totaling
When Barrier realized that warrants had been sworn for her arrest in May 2002, she fled the
state. She avoided arrest for 10 months until the Oregon State Police apprehended her during
a traffic stop. She was extradited to North Carolina and held in the Wake County jail under
a $250,000 bond.
Wake County District Judge Craig Croom sentenced Barrier to a 24-month minimum, 30-month
maximum prison term with the North Carolina Department of Corrections. She was also ordered
to pay restitution to the state during the 36 months of supervised probation that will begin
after her sentence is completed.
The charges against Barrier resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department
of Revenue's Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh.
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