Pamlico County Woman Pleads Guilty

Date: 2/23/2006

RALEIGH – A Pamlico County woman pleaded guilty Wednesday in Wake County District Court to a tax charge filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Destiny N. Ross, 24, of 94 Olympia Road, New Bern, pleaded guilty on Feb. 22, 2006 to one count of solicitation to commit a felony by aiding or assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent North Carolina individual income tax return for the tax year 2005.

District Court Judge Jane Gray sentenced Ross to a 45-day prison term. The sentence was suspended and Ross was placed on supervised probation for 12 months. She was also ordered to pay court costs and perform 25 hours of community service within 90 days.

An investigation by the North Carolina Department of Revenue found that Ross attempted to file a North Carolina individual income tax return representing that she was employed by a local business and had North Carolina income taxes withheld from her wages. She was not employed by the business and did not have taxes withheld. The return was an attempt to deceive the Department of Revenue and cause the state to issue an income tax refund greater than she was entitled to receive.

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

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