Forsyth County Woman Guilty of State Tax Charges

Date: 1/8/2004

RALEIGH – A Forsyth county woman pleaded guilty today in Wake County District Court to a felony charge filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Theresa Leonard Thompson, 47, of 5041 Old Belews Creek Road, Walkertown, entered a guilty plea to one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretenses in connection with the filing of a fictitious state income tax return.

Wake County District Court Judge William C. Lawton sentenced Thompson to a six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Thompson was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. She was also ordered to pay a $400 criminal fine and perform 125 hours of community service.

The state's evidence showed that Thompson filed a fictitious 2002 North Carolina individual income tax return representing that she was employed by Marsh Furniture Company. Thompson was never employed by Marsh Furniture Company and was not entitled to the $1,066 refund she attempted to obtain. The Department of Revenue identified the fictitious return and stopped the refund before it was issued.

The charges against Thompson resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department's Criminal Investigations Division.

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