Raleigh Businessman Sentenced on State Tax Charges

Date: 6/3/2005

RALEIGH – A Raleigh businessman was sentenced Friday in Wake County District Court on tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Murray Frank Gould, 55, of 905 Bennington Drive, Raleigh pleaded guilty on April 12, 2005, and was sentenced on June 3, 2005 to one count of attempting to evade or defeat tax, six counts of willfully failing file his 1997 through 2002 state individual income tax returns, two counts of willfully failing to file the 1998 and 1999 partnership tax returns for Affordable Housing Advisor, LLC and three counts of willfully failing to file the 2000, 2001 and 2002 partnership tax returns for M. Gould & Associates, LLC.

Wake County District Court Judge Paul Gessner sentenced Gould to a five-month minimum, six-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Gould was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. He was ordered to file all delinquent tax returns and pay all delinquent taxes. Murray was also ordered to pay a $1,000 criminal fine. Prior to sentencing, Gould paid restitution of $10,400 to the Department of Revenue.

The charges against Gould resulted from an investigation by a revenue officer in the Department of Revenue’s Raleigh Field Collections Division and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

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