Durham Attorneys Sentenced on State Tax Charges

Date: 9/22/2005

RALEIGH – A Durham couple was sentenced Wednesday on state tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Thomas Loflin, 62, and Ann Loflin, 67, of 2726 Circle Drive pleaded guilty on June 6, 2005 to six counts each of willful failure to file North Carolina individual income tax returns for 1998 through 2003. Wake County District Judge Robert Rader ordered the Loflins to submit their tax returns and pay any taxes they owed by Aug. 15, 2005. He postponed their sentencing until that date.

On Aug. 15, 2005, the couple appeared before Wake County Superior Court Judge Jennifer Knox who sentenced them to a 45-day prison term. The sentence was suspended and they were placed on probation for 24 months. Thomas Loflin was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and they each were ordered to pay $1,000 criminal fines. They were also ordered to timely file and pay all taxes due on future returns. In addition, they must report their sentencing to the N.C. Bar Association.

The Loflins immediately appealed and their cases were continued.

The couple appeared before Superior Court Judge Abraham P. Jones and withdrew their appeal on Sept. 21, 2005. Jones accepted their guilty pleas and imposed the sentence previously rendered by Knox.

The charges against the Loflins resulted from an investigation by the Department of Revenue’s Durham Collections Office and the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

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