Winston-Salem Woman Jailed on State Tax Charges: Receives Active Sentence

Date: 2/6/2006

RALEIGH – A Winston-Salem woman pleaded guilty Thursday in Wake County Superior Court to felony tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Cynthia Mitchell Hardy, 46, of 170 Jones Road, Trailer 20, pleaded guilty to nine counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and nine counts of aiding or assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent return.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stevens sentenced Hardy to two consecutive six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison terms. The sentences were suspended and she was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. Hardy was ordered to serve an 85-day active sentence as a special condition of probation. She was also ordered to pay $2,380 in restitution to the Department of Revenue, a $500 criminal fine, and to perform 100 hours of community service.

Arrest warrants allege that Hardy knowingly filed nine fraudulent North Carolina individual income tax returns for the calendar year 2003 and claimed refunds that she was not legally entitled to receive. Seven of those returns were filed in the names of individuals who were incarcerated in a North Carolina prison and the other two were filed in the names of her son and stepson.

The charges against Hardy resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh.


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