Carteret County Man Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date: June 15, 2007

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

Lacy M. Henry, 69, of 116 First St., Atlantic Beach, pleaded guilty on June 14, 2007 to two counts of aiding or abetting the embezzlement of state property.

Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Stephens sentenced Henry to two consecutive six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison terms. The sentence was suspended and Henry was placed on supervised probation for 24 months, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service within the first 12 months of probation, and pay a $1,000 criminal fine. Henry was also ordered to timely file all future returns and pay all taxes. Before sentencing, Henry paid restitution of $139,774.83 to the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

An investigation by a special agent with the Department of Revenue found that Henry, the corporate president of Mechanical Plant Services, Inc. and the responsible person for Qualified Plant Services, Inc., withheld $72,686.80 in North Carolina income tax from employees’ wages and did not remit it to the Department of Revenue.

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

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