Raleigh Accountant Pleads Guilty To State Tax Offenses

Date:  October 18, 2007

RALEIGH – A Raleigh accountant pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wake County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Calvin L. Blanton, 54, of 3005 Chippendale Road, Raleigh pleaded guilty on Oct. 23, 2007 to nine counts of willfully failing to file his North Carolina individual income tax returns for 2002 through 2005. He also pleaded guilty to failing to file corporate income tax returns for Blanton Enterprises Inc. for 2001 and 2002 and corporate income tax returns for Calvin L. Blanton CPA, PA for 2002 through 2004.

District Court Judge William C. Lawton sentenced Blanton to two consecutive 45-day prison terms. The sentence was suspended and Blanton was placed on supervised probation for 12 months. He was ordered to pay a $2,000 criminal fine, perform 100 hours of community service and accurately file and pay all delinquent taxes within 90 days.

The charges against Blanton resulted from an investigation by an auditor in the Department of Revenue’s Raleigh Audit office and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh.

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