Greenville CPA Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date: 11/23/2005

RALEIGH – A Greenville certified public accountant pleaded guilty Wednesday in Wake County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Terry L. Whitford, 49, of 1317 Worthington Lane, Greenville pleaded guilty on Nov. 23, 2005 to four counts of willfully failing to file his 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 North Carolina individual income tax returns.

Wake County District Court Judge Donald Overby sentenced Whitford to a 30-day prison term. The sentence was suspended and Whitford was placed on unsupervised probation for one year. He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and cost of court.

An investigation by a special agent with the North Carolina Department of Revenue found that Whitford had gross income of $51,152 in 2000, $60,133 in 2001, $71,221 in 2002, and $79,188 in 2003.

The charges against Whitford resulted from an investigation by an auditor in the Greenville Field Audit Office and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh.

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