Local CPA Guilty of Tax Charges

Date: 10/16/2003

RALEIGH – A Fayetteville certified public accountant pleaded guilty Thursday in Wake County District Court to willfully failing to file her state individual income tax returns

Janet Page Land, 39, of 642 Magnolia Church Road, Stedman, entered guilty pleas to three counts of willfully failing to file her 1999, 2000, and 2001 North Carolina individual income tax returns. The offenses occurred while Land worked as a CPA with Chestnutt & Company in Fayetteville.

District Court Judge Robert B. Rader sentenced Land to 45 days in jail. The sentence was suspended on the conditions that she be placed on unsupervised probation for 18 months. Land was further ordered to perform 40 hours of community service and pay a $3,000 criminal fine. She must also file and pay all taxes due in a timely manner.

The state's evidence presented in court showed that Land earned federal taxable income of $65,546 for 1999, $59,821 for 2000, and $50,330 for 2001.

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



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