Wilmington Accountant Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date:  October 23, 2007

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

Robert E. Spencer, 66, of 221 Dapple Court, Wilmington pleaded guilty on Oct. 23, 2007 to four counts of willfully failing to file his North Carolina individual income tax returns for 2002 through 2005.

District Court Judge William C. Lawton sentenced Spencer to a 45-day prison term. The sentence was suspended and Spencer was placed on unsupervised probation for 18 months. He was also ordered to pay an $800 fine and timely file and pay all future tax returns.

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

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