South Carolina Man Jailed On NC Tax Charges

Date:  January 3, 2008

RALEIGH – A York County, S.C. man was sentenced to an active prison term Thursday in Wake County Superior Court on tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Steven E. Henson, Jr., 39, of 1089 Green Pond Road, Clover, S.C. pleaded guilty on Nov. 15, 2007, to nine counts of aiding or assisting in the preparation of fraudulent North Carolina individual income tax returns, and seven counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretenses.

Superior Court Judge Ripley Rand sentenced Henson to an eight-month minimum, 10-month maximum active prison term to be served through the North Carolina Department of Correction. In addition, he was ordered to pay restitution of $39,513.84 to the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

The state’s evidence showed that Henson filed fraudulent returns for himself and assisted in preparing and filing fraudulent returns for others. The total amount of fraudulent refunds requested from the state was $129,039 of which $39,513.84 had been received and cashed.

The charges against Henson resulted from an investigation by the Department’s Discovery and Special Projects Unit and a special agent with the Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh.

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