Asheville Real Estate Agent Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date: 3/12/2007

RALEIGH – An Asheville real estate agent pleaded guilty Monday in Wake County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue. Barbara McBrayer Baskerville, 63, of 300 Page Ave., Apartment 303, pleaded guilty on March 12, 2007 to six counts of willful failure to file individual income tax returns.Wake County District Court Judge Jennifer Knox sentenced Baskerville to a 45-day prison term. The sentence was suspended and Baskerville was placed on probation for 36 months. She was also ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and must pay a $250 criminal fine. The state’s evidence showed that Baskerville did not file state individual income tax returns from 2000 through 2005 and had an average income for those years in excessof $95,000. Baskerville filed the delinquent returns and paid the taxes due prior to her court date.The charges against Baskerville resulted from an investigation by the Department of Revenue’s Asheville Field Examinations Office and a special agent with theDepartment’s Criminal Investigations Division.

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