Wilmington Woman Jailed on State Tax Charge

Date: 8/12/2004

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

Felicia Latya McMillan, 21, of 1525 South 12th St., Wilmington pleaded guilty on Aug. 11, 2004 to one count of obtaining property by false pretense involving her 2001 North Carolina individual income tax return.

Wake County District Court Judge Jane Gray sentenced McMillan to an eight-month minimum, 10-month maximum active prison sentence with the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

The state’s evidence showed that McMillan filed a North Carolina individual income tax return representing that she was employed by a local business, received income from the business and had North Carolina income taxes withheld from her income. The evidence further showed that McMillan was not employed by the business, did not receive the income and did not have taxes withheld as indicated on the tax return. As a result of the information contained in the return, the Department of Revenue issued an income tax refund to McMillan that she was not entitled to receive.

The charge against McMillan resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh. The investigation into taxpayers filing fictitious returns using fraudulent wage and tax statements continues and more arrests are expected.

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