Wilmington Woman Pleads Guilty to State Tax Charges, Receives
RALEIGH – A Wilmington woman pleaded guilty Friday in Wake
County District Court to felony tax charges filed by the North Carolina
Department of Revenue.
Cynthia Covington Blash, 47, of 101 Asheton Road, Wilmington, pleaded
guilty on May 14, 2004 to three counts of obtaining property by false
The state’s evidence showed that Blash filed individual income
tax returns for 1999, 2000 and 2001 indicating that she was employed
by local businesses, received wages from those businesses and had
North Carolina income taxes withheld from her wages. The investigation
revealed that she was not employed by the businesses and did not receive
wages or have the taxes withheld. The returns deceived the Department
of Revenue and resulted in the state issuing Blahs larger tax refunds
than she was legally entitled to receive.
Wake County District Court Judge Craig Croom sentenced Blash to an
11-month minimum, 14-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended
and Blash was placed on supervised probation for 24 months. As a special
condition of her probation, she was also ordered to serve a 30-day
active sentence followed by nine months of intensive probation. Blash
was also ordered to pay $1,143 in restitution to the Department of
Revenue and a $500 criminal fine.
The charges against Blash resulted from a Department of Revenue investigation
into the filing of fictitious tax returns by Wilmington area residents.
Eighteen individuals have been charged in connection with this scheme.
Anyone with information about individuals filing fraudulent state
tax returns using fictitious wage and tax statements should contact
the Department of Revenue toll free at 1-800-232-4939.
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