Edgecombe County Woman Receives Active Jail Sentence on State Tax Charges

Date:  February 27, 2008

RALEIGH – An Edgecombe County woman was sentenced Wednesday to an active prison term after she pleaded guilty in Wake County Superior Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Phyllis A. Hinton, 42, of 3725 Old Battleboro Road, Battleboro was sentenced on Feb. 27, 2008 after pleading guilty earlier in the week to two counts of willfully attempting to evade or defeat the state individual income tax.

Wake County District Court Judge Donald W. Stephens sentenced Hinton to a six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison term. She was remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections and escorted from the courtroom by a Wake County Deputy Sheriff.

An investigation by a special agent with the North Carolina Department of Revenue found that Hinton, a former tax preparer, had willfully filed fraudulent state individual income tax returns for 2004 and 2005 in an attempt to evade the state income tax. Hinton underreported her income by at least $63,595 for 2004 and $69,984 for 2005. The investigation also disclosed that cash deposits of $17,680 during 2004 and $15,500 during 2005 were made to her personal bank accounts.

In May 2004 a jury found Hinton guilty on nine felony counts of willfully aiding or assisting in the preparation of fraudulent state individual income tax returns. At that time, Hinton was sentenced to 90 days in prison, ordered to serve four years probation, and banned from preparing tax returns for anyone other than herself and her immediate family.

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

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