Winston-Salem Man Guilty of State Tax Crimes

Date:  December 14, 2007

RALEIGH – A Winston-Salem man was sentenced Friday in Wake County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Jerry Milton Haynie, 45, of 3081 Prytania Road, Winston-Salem pleaded guilty on Feb. 27, 2007 to five counts of willful failure to file North Carolina individual income tax returns for tax years 2001 through 2005. He appealed his original sentence, but withdrew the appeal in court today.

Wake County District Court Judge Edward H. McCormick sentenced Haynie to two consecutive 45-day prison terms. The sentence was suspended and he was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. Haynie was also ordered to file his delinquent tax returns, pay restitution of $14,195.83, perform 50 hours of community service and pay a $200 fine.

The state’s evidence showed that Haynie, president of Reliable Service Plus Heating & Cooling Inc., earned taxable wages that were subject to North Carolina income tax. Haynie admitted in court that he did not file his income tax returns.

The charges against Haynie resulted from an investigation by the Department’s Winston-Salem Field Examinations Office and a special agent with the Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh.

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