Gaston County Man Guilty of State Tax Charges; Receives Active Sentence

Date:  October 8, 2007

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

Harvey D. McElveen, 61, of 215 Flat Rock Pasture, Cramerton, pleaded guilty on Oct. 8, 2007 to two counts of attempting to evade or defeat state income taxes for 2002 and 2003 and seven counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretenses. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood sentenced McElveen to an eight-month minimum, 10-month maximum active prison term.

The state’s evidence showed that McElveen filed fraudulent income tax returns in 2002 and 2003 and assisted three other individuals in preparing and filing fraudulent returns requesting large tax refunds that they were not entitled to receive. The returns represented that they were employed by local businesses and had state income taxes withheld from their wages. None of the individuals was employed by the businesses as claimed and no taxes were withheld. The scheme totaled $97,646 in bogus state tax refund claims.

The charges against McElveen resulted from an investigation by the Department of Revenue’s Discovery and Special Projects Unit and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.


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