Former Judge Pleads Guilty to State Tax Charges

Date: 12/16/2005

RALEIGH - A Granville County woman pleaded guilty Wednesday in Wake County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Jacqueline Morris-Goodson, 54, of 4141 Cannady Mill Road, Oxford pleaded guilty on Dec. 14, 2005 to three counts of willfully failing to file her North Carolina individual income tax returns for 1999, 2000, and 2001.

She was sentenced to a 45-day prison term. The sentence was suspended and Morris-Goodson was placed on probation for 12 months. She was also ordered to pay a $100 fine and court costs.

The state’s evidence showed that Morris-Goodson had been a District Court judge for approximately 13 years, until 1996. During part of that time, she served as Chief District Court judge. She was a criminal defense attorney in Wilmington from 1997 through 2001. Her income was at least $202,576 in 1999; $118,039.86 in 2000; and $35,600.00 in 2001. Morris-Goodson filed her returns during her court appearance.

The charges against Morris-Goodson resulted from an investigation by Department of Revenue’s Raleigh Collections Office and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh.


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