Durham Businesswoman Sentenced in State Tax Case
RALEIGH – A Durham businesswoman pleaded guilty Tuesday in
Wake County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina
Department of Revenue.
Carolyn C. Matthews, 65, of 4508 Rogers Road, Durham pleaded guilty
on May 24, 2005 to three counts of attempting to evade or defeat tax.
Wake County District Court Judge Anne Salisbury sentenced Matthews
to a six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison term. The sentence
was suspended and Matthews was placed on supervised probation for
36 months. She paid $60,004.34 during court and was ordered to pay
an additional $7,681.76 in restitution to the Department of Revenue.
Matthews was further ordered to pay a $250 criminal fine and must
perform 100 hours of community service.
The state’s evidence showed that Matthews was the president
of Matthews Body Shop, Inc., located at 3401 Wake Forest Road, Durham.
Matthews charged and collected $24,300.63 in North Carolina sales
tax and $13,500.35 in Durham County sales tax but failed to remit
the taxes to the Department of Revenue. She also withheld $22,203.36
in state income taxes from company employees that was not remitted
to the Department of Revenue.
The charges against Matthews resulted from an investigation by Department
of Revenue’s Durham Field Examinations Office and a special
agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.
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