Nash County Accountant Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date:  November 30, 2007

RALEIGH – A Sharpsburg woman pleaded guilty Friday in Wake County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Deborah B. McNeal, 54, of 354 Sharpe Road, Sharpsburg pleaded guilty on Nov. 30, 2007 to six counts of willful failure to file North Carolina individual income tax returns.

Wake County District Court Judge Kristin H. Ruth sentenced McNeal to 45 days in jail. The sentence was suspended and McNeal was placed on supervised probation for 24 months. She was also ordered to pay $7,766 in restitution to the Department of Revenue during the period of her probation and remain current filing all tax returns.

An investigation by a special agent with the Department found that McNeal, doing business as Deborah McNeal Accounting Services in Rocky Mount, willfully failed to file her own North Carolina individual income tax returns for 2001 through 2006.

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

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