Wilmington Man Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges
RALEIGH – A Wilmington man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Wake
County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department
Stephen Anthony Granger, 34, of 313 Lancaster Road, Wilmington, pleaded
guilty on March 10, 2004 to two counts of obtaining property by false
Wake County District Court Judge Paul Gessner sentenced Granger to
a 10-month minimum, 12-month maximum active prison term. The Wake
County Sheriff’s Department immediately took Granger into custody
to begin serving his sentence.
The state’s evidence showed that Granger filed North Carolina
individual income tax returns for 2000 and 2001 showing that he was
employed by local businesses and had North Carolina income taxes withheld
from his wages. Granger was not employed by the businesses and did
not have taxes withheld as indicated on the tax returns. The returns
deceived the Department of Revenue into issuing Granger income tax
refunds that he was not entitled to receive.
The charges against Granger resulted from an investigation by a special
agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.
To date, 17 individuals have been charged in connection with this
scheme and more arrests are likely. Anyone with information about
individuals filing fraudulent North Carolina individual income 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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