Fayetteville Woman Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date:  May 27, 2008

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

Catherine G. Tanner, 37, of 1727 Englewood Drive, Fayetteville pleaded guilty on May 27, 2008 to two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Carl R. Fox sentenced Tanner to a six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Tanner was placed on supervised probation for 24 months. She was also ordered to timely and accurately file all state and federal tax returns, pay all state and federal taxes, pay restitution of $298, perform 100 hours of community service, and pay a $1,000 criminal fine. Tanner was also ordered not to aid or assist in any manner in the preparation or filing of any other person’s tax returns.

The state’s evidence found that Tanner filed false North Carolina individual income tax returns for 2004 and 2005, representing that she was employed by Floyd Construction Company, Inc., a business located in Fayetteville, and had North Carolina income taxes withheld from her wages. However, Tanner was not employed by the company in 2004 and 2005. These fraudulent returns were filed to deceive the Department of Revenue and cause the state to issue tax refunds to Tanner that she was not entitled to receive.

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

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