Wilmington Woman Pleads Guilty to State Tax Violation
RALEIGH – A Wilmington woman charged by the North Carolina Department of Revenue with
obtaining property by false pretenses was sentenced Wednesday in Wake County District Court.
Lucinda Carraway, 41, of 809 N. 7th St., Wilmington entered guilty pleas on Aug. 13, 2003
to three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. The state's evidence showed
that Carraway knowingly filed fraudulent North Carolina income tax returns for tax years 1999,
2000 and 2001 using fictitious wage and tax statements. The wage and tax statements used to
prepare Carraway's tax returns falsely represented that she was employed by local businesses
and had North Carolina income taxes withheld from her wages. Based on the fraudulent information
presented, the Department of Revenue issued income tax refunds totaling $765 to Carraway that
she was not entitled to receive.
District Court Judge Craig Croom sentenced Carraway to a six-month minimum, eight-month maximum
prison term. The sentence was suspended and she was placed on supervised probation for 36
months. As a special condition of probation, Carraway was placed on intensive probation for
six months. In addition, she must pay a criminal fine of $300 and pay $765 in restitution
to the Department of Revenue. Carraway was also ordered to timely and lawfully file and pay
all state taxes in the future.
The charges against Carraway resulted from an investigation by a special agent in the Department
of Revenue's Criminal Investigations Division. The investigation into the filing of fraudulent
North Carolina income tax returns using fictitious W-2 forms continues in the Wilmington area
and additional arrests are possible.
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