Cumberland County Women Plead Guilty to State Tax Charges

Date: 7/23/2004

RALEIGH – Two Cumberland County women recently pleaded guilty in Wake County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Joslyn Renee Colvin, 23, of 2323 Ireland Drive and Lapresha Nicole McLean, 24, of 2562 Caedonia Circle, each pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining property by false pretenses. Both are Fayetteville residents.

A Wake County District Court Judge sentenced Colvin to a 6-month minimum, 8-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Colvin was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. She was further ordered to pay restitution of $487, perform 30 hours of community service and pay a $200 fine. McLean was sentenced to a 5-month minimum, 6-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and she was placed on supervised probation for 24 months. She was also ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and pay a $100 fine.

An investigation by a special agent with the North Carolina Department of Revenue found that Colvin and McLean filed fraudulent North Carolina individual income tax returns claiming they were employed by local businesses during the year 2002 and had taxes withheld from their wages. State’s evidence showed that Colvin and McLean were not employed by these businesses and did not have taxes withheld by these companies. The returns were intended to deceive the Department of Revenue and cause the state to issue income tax refunds greater than they were entitled to receive.

In a related scheme, Kimberly Joe Melvin, 27, of 2917 A Dwelle Drive, Fayetteville was indicted by a grand jury on six counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of fraudulent income tax returns. She was arrested on July 12, 2004, appeared before a Cumberland County magistrate and was placed under a $30,000 secured bond. A court date has not been set.

The charges against Colvin, McLean and Melvin resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh.

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