CPA Pleads Guilty to State Tax Charges

Date: 5/22/2006

RALEIGH – A Wayne County accountant pleaded guilty Monday in Wake County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Jerry U. Britt, 52, of 116 Pineland Ave., Mount Olive pleaded guilty on May 22, 2006 to two counts of willful failure to file his North Carolina individual income tax returns.

Wake County District Court Judge Kristin H. Ruth sentenced Britt to a 90-day prison term. The sentence was suspended and he was placed on supervised probation for 12 months. Britt was also ordered to perform 96 hours of community service and pay a $400 criminal fine.

The state’s evidence showed that Britt, a self employed certified public accountant in Mount Olive, and his wife Angela W. Britt, the principal of E.E. Smith Middle School in Kenansville, failed to file state individual income tax returns for 2001 through 2004. The charges against Mrs. Britt were dropped in exchange for Mr. Britt’s guilty plea. They filed their delinquent returns and paid the taxes owed after the Department began its investigation.

The charges resulted from an investigation by the Department of Revenue’s Greenville Examinations Office and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

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