Durham Residents Guilty in State Tax Scheme

Date: 4/7/2006

RALEIGH – Two Durham residents pleaded guilty to tax charges in Wake County District Court Thursday, completing a North Carolina Department of Revenue investigation of individuals involved in a series of fictitious income tax filings.

Clifton Farrington, 26, pleaded guilty to felony charges of obtaining property by false pretenses and Ebony Farrington, 20, pleaded guilty to attempted larceny. Several others involved in the case have pleaded guilty recently to obtaining property by false pretenses including Natoshi McIntryre, 32, Annette Moore, 44, and Dawanna Williams, 21, all of Durham. Each received probationary sentences and they were ordered to pay restitution to the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

The scheme involved filing fictitious North Carolina individual income tax returns that claimed state tax refunds the individuals were not entitled to receive. The tax returns showed that they were employed by either Sisters in Christ Daycare or Bundles of Joy Christian Daycare. None of these individuals were employed by the businesses. The state received refund claims in excess of $10,000 as a result of this scheme.

This charges resulted from investigation by a special agent with the Department of Revenue’s Criminal Investigations Division.

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