Wilmington Woman Pleads Guilty to State Tax Violations
RALEIGH -- A Wilmington woman pleaded guilty Thursday in Wake County District Court to felony
charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.
Nikita Sharmane Beckett, 29, of 4719 Greentree Road, Apt. A, pleaded guilty to three counts
of obtaining property by false pretenses. The State's evidence showed that Beckett knowingly
filed fraudulent North Carolina income tax returns for tax years 1999, 2000 and 2001 using
fictitious wage and tax statements.
Beckett is one of six Wilmington residents who were charged by the North Carolina Department
of Revenue with obtaining property by false pretenses. She was sentenced on Thursday March
27, 2003 in Wake County District Court. The wage and tax statements which were used to prepare
Beckett's tax returns falsely showed that she was employed by local businesses and had North
Carolina income taxes withheld from her wages. Based on the fraudulent information, the Department
of Revenue issued income tax refunds to Beckett totaling $1,359 that she was not entitled
District Court Judge Craig Croom sentenced Beckett to a five-month minimum, six-month maximum
prison term. The sentence was suspended and she was placed on supervised probation for 24
months. Beckett was further ordered to pay a criminal fine of $300 and pay $1,359 in restitution
to the State. She must also timely file and pay all State taxes due during her probation.
The charges against Beckett resulted from an investigation by a special agent in the Department
of Revenue's Criminal Investigations Division. The investigation into the filing of fraudulent
North Carolina income tax returns using fictitious wage and tax statements continues in the
Wilmington area and additional arrests are possible.
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