Richmond County Woman Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date:  December 12, 2007

RALEIGH – A Richmond County woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wake County Superior Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Kathie A. Jones, 45, of 201 Juanita Ave., Hamlet pleaded guilty on Dec. 11, 2007 to three felony counts of attempting to evade or defeat the state’s income tax.

Superior Court Judge Kenneth Titus sentenced Jones to a six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and she was placed on supervised probation for 60 months. She was also ordered to file corrected tax returns within 90 days, pay $7,978 in restitution to the Department of Revenue and a $1,000 criminal fine and perform 50 hours of community service.

The state’s evidence showed that Jones grossly understated the taxable income reported on her 2002, 2003, and 2004 North Carolina individual income tax returns.

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

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