Wilmington Woman Pleads Guilty to State Tax Charges

Date: 9/29/2004

RALEIGH – A Wilmington woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wake County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Vernell B. Lloyd, 52, of 901 Taliga Lane, Wilmington, pleaded guilty on Sept. 28, 2004 to two felony counts of willfully attempting to evade or defeat the North Carolina individual income tax.

Wake County District Court Judge Paul Guessner sentenced Lloyd to a six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Lloyd was placed on probation for 24 months. She was also ordered to pay a $200 fine. In addition, she cannot assist in the preparation of any tax returns other than her own during her probation.

The state’s evidence showed that Lloyd filed false state income tax returns for 2000, 2001 and 2002. She inflated the itemized deductions claimed on her federal tax returns, which reduced the taxable income reported on her state tax returns. The Department of Revenue investigation also found that Lloyd assisted others in filing false returns.

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

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