Wilmington Women Plead Guilty to State Tax Violations
RALEIGH – The final three of six Wilmington women charged by
the North Carolina Department of Revenue with obtaining property by
false pretenses were sentenced on Thursday in Wake County District
Verndella Blandshaw, 32, of 606 North 30th Street, Tiombe Assata
Burton, 24, of 27 Taylor Homes, Apt. G and Erica Monique Wagner, 33
of 6308 Murrayville Road, each entered guilty pleas to felony counts
of obtaining property by false pretenses. The state's evidence showed
that Blandshaw, Burton and Wagner knowingly filed fraudulent North
Carolina income tax returns using fictitious wage and tax statements.
The wage and tax statements used to prepare the returns showed they
were employed by local businesses and had North Carolina income taxes
withheld from their wages. Based on this fraudulent information, the
Department of Revenue issued income tax refunds of $1,624 to Blandshaw,
$594 to Burton, and $446 to Wagner.
District Court Judge Robert B. Rader sentenced Blandshaw to a five-month
minimum, six-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended
and Blandshaw was placed on supervised probation for 24 months. In
addition, Blandshaw must pay a criminal fine of $200 and restitution
of $1,624 to the Department of Revenue. She was also ordered to timely
and lawfully file all state tax returns during her probation.
Rader sentenced Burton to a six-month minimum, eight-month maximum
prison term. The sentence was suspended and Burton was placed on supervised
probation for 18 months. Burton also must pay a criminal fine of $150
and restitution of $594 to the Department of Revenue.
Wagner was sentenced to a five-month minimum, six-month maximum prison
term. Her sentence was also suspended and she was placed on supervised
probation for 24 months. She must pay a $200 criminal fine and $446
in restitution to the Department of Revenue. Rader also ordered that
Wagner file all future returns with the Department of Revenue in a
timely and lawful manner.
The charges against these individuals resulted from an investigation
by a special agent with the Department of Revenue's Criminal Investigations
Division. The investigation into the filing of fraudulent North Carolina
income tax returns using fictitious W-2 forms continues in the Wilmington
area and additional arrests are possible.
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