Nash County Man Jailed on State Tax Charges

Date: 12/15/2003

RALEIGH – A Nash County man was sentenced to an active prison term in Wake County District Court on charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

David Cooper, 43, of 402 Sharp Road, Sharpsburg, entered guilty pleas for filing fraudulent North Carolina individual income tax returns. The state’s evidence showed that Cooper used a false social security number to file fraudulent income tax returns for the 1998 through 2002 tax years. Cooper also filed fraudulent returns using his correct social security number for the 1999 through 2002 tax years. The income reported on those returns was incorrect and did not reflect his actual earnings during the years in question. Cooper received $17,660 in fraudulent state income tax refunds through these schemes.

Wake County District Court Judge Craig Croom sentenced Cooper to an active six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison term with the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

The charges against Cooper resulted from an investigation by special agents with the Department of Revenue's Criminal Investigations Division.

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