Goldsboro Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges; Receives Active Sentence

Date: 9/19/2006

RALEIGH – A Goldsboro man pleaded guilty Monday in Wake County Superior Court to charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Marcellus P. Johnson, 50, of 308 Wood St., Goldsboro pleaded guilty on Sept. 18, 2006 to five counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Superior Court Judge Stafford G. Bullock sentenced Johnson to three consecutive eight-month minimum, 10-month maximum prison terms and ordered him to pay $11,935.90 in restitution.

An investigation by a special agent with the North Carolina Department of Revenue found that from Jan. 15, 2004 through July 6, 2006, Johnson made false payments to the Department of Revenue from closed bank accounts totaling $216,199.16 in an attempt to cause the state to issue state income tax refunds to him that were greater than he was entitled to receive. Johnson admitted to the Department that he had received and cashed refund checks totaling $11,935.90. Johnson continued to make false payments even after he was informed by the Department that his actions could result in criminal charges.

The charges against Johnson resulted from an investigation by a revenue officer in the Department’s Greenville Office and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh.

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