Alamance County Man Sentenced in State Tax Scheme

Date: 11/1/2004

RALEIGH – An Alamance County man was sentenced today in Wake County District Court on felony tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Graham resident Eric Jones, 32, pleaded guilty on July 12, 2004 to five counts of income tax evasion and five counts of aiding or assisting in the preparation of fraudulent income tax returns. His judgment was continued until today.

Wake County District Court Judge Mike Morgan sentenced Jones to a six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Jones was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. He was ordered to pay a $500 criminal fine and to perform 48 hours of community service. Jones must also file amended tax returns within 60 days and pay restitution to the Department of Revenue.

The state’s evidence showed that Jones filed false North Carolina individual income tax returns for himself and assisted others in filing fraudulent returns. The returns deceived the Department of Revenue and caused the state to issue larger tax refunds than they were entitled to receive. The Department’s investigation revealed that several individuals, including Jones, were involved in this refund scheme. The case is related to the Sept. 17 conviction of William D. Fairley of Greensboro, who was sentenced to a 12-month minimum, 16-month maximum active prison term.

The charges against Jones resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

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