Monroe Woman Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date: 10/19/2005

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

Deborah R. Simmons, 46, of 3202 Rushing Road, Monroe pleaded guilty on Oct. 19, 2005 to five counts of attempting to evade or defeat the state’s income tax.

Wake County District Court Judge Ann Salisbury sentenced Simmons to two consecutive six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison terms. The sentences were suspended and Simmons was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. She was also ordered to pay restitution of $4,601.30, perform 100 hours of community service within the first 12 months of her probation, pay an $800 criminal fine, and file all future tax returns timely and accurately.

An investigation by the North Carolina Department of Revenue found that Simmons filed fraudulent North Carolina individual income tax returns with the North Carolina Department of Revenue for 2002, 2003 and 2004 in an attempt to evade and defeat the state income tax. Simmons also filed an amended income tax return for 2002 and created fraudulent documents from her home computer that she provided to an auditor. Simmons has been employed for 13 years as a social worker in Union County and also works as a part-time tax return preparer.

The charges against Simmons resulted from an investigation by the Department’s Examination Division in Charlotte and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

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