Laurinburg CPA Guilty of State Tax Charges

Date: 10/13/2003

RALEIGH – A Laurinburg certified public accountant pleaded guilty today in Wake County District Court to a misdemeanor charge filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Randall Davis Blackburn, 48, of 512 W. Church Street, Laurinburg, was charged in September with two counts of failing to file his state individual income tax returns for calendar years 2000 and 2001. Blackburn entered a guilty plea to failure to file his 2000 state income tax return and the state voluntarily agreed to drop the 2001 charge. According to information presented in court, Blackburn had gross income of $148,297 for the 2000 tax year.

District Court Judge William C. Lawton sentenced Blackburn to a 40-day jail term. The sentence was suspended and Blackburn was placed on supervised probation for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a $200 fine and must file his state returns for the years 2000 and 2001. Blackburn's attorney immediately filed a notice of appeal.

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

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