Halifax County Woman Pleads Guilty

Date:  May 20, 2008

RALEIGH – A Halifax County woman pleaded guilty Monday in Wake County Superior Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Adrena R.Gorham, 28, of 66 Ervin Drive, Lot 44, Enfield pleaded guilty on May 19, 2008 to two counts of solicitation to aid in the preparation of fraudulent North Carolina individual income tax returns.

Superior Court Judge Howard E. Manning, Jr. sentenced Gorham to two consecutive 45-day prison terms. The sentences were suspended and Gorham was placed on supervised probation for 12 months. She was ordered to pay a $500 criminal fine and must perform 50 hours of community service.

An investigation by the North Carolina Department of Revenue found the defendant sold her children’s Social Security numbers to Johnny Johnson so that he could use them to file fraudulent 2005 and 2006 North Carolina individual income tax returns. The returns deceived the Department of Revenue and caused the state to issue state income tax refunds to Johnson that were greater than he was entitled to receive. Gorham received $1,000 per year for the use of her children’s Social Security numbers.

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


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