Charlotte Businesswoman Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date:  April 4, 2008

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

Heather Askew McFadden, 33, of 12715 Ivey Creek Drive, Charlotte pleaded guilty on April 3, 2008 to two counts of attempting to evade or defeat the North Carolina sales tax.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Carl Fox sentenced McFadden to a 5-month minimum, 6-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and McFadden was placed on supervised probation for 24 months. She was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $2,000 criminal fine. McFadden paid $14,577.76 in restitution to the North Carolina Department of Revenue before her court appearance.

According to evidence presented in court, McFadden owned and operated Azalea Skies Flowers & Gifts, Inc. in Charlotte. She did not report or pay sales tax for the business from October 2004 through June 2006. McFadden used the sales tax money to pay other expenses for the business, which closed in June 2006.

The charges against McFadden resulted from an investigation by the Department’s Charlotte Field Examinations Office and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh.

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