Durham Woman Pleads Guilty to State Tax Charges; Receives Active Sentence

Date: 9/8/2005

RALEIGH – A Durham woman pleaded guilty recently in Wake County Superior Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Valerie Cradle, 38, of 2712 Fayetteville St., Durham, pleaded guilty Aug. 31, 2005 to two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Wake County District Court Judge Robert B. Rader sentenced Cradle to a 10-month minimum, 12-month maximum prison term for each offense. The sentence was suspended and Cradle was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. As a special condition of probation she was ordered to serve a 90-day active sentence. She also was ordered to pay restitution of $1,423.97, pay a $250 fine and perform 50 hours of community service within six months.

Information revealed in court showed that Cradle filed fraudulent North Carolina individual income tax returns for 2003 and 2004 based on altered W-2’s in an attempt to obtain larger individual income tax refunds than she was entitled to receive.

The charges against Cradle resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh. More arrests are expected in the case.

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