Robeson County Physician Guilty of State Tax Charges

Date:  November 4, 2008

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

Carolyn MacDonald, M.D., 52, of 2841 Oakland Road, St. Pauls pleaded guilty on Nov. 3, 2008 to five counts of failure to file North Carolina individual income tax returns, three counts of failure to file withholding tax reports, and two counts of failure to pay withholding taxes.

Superior Court Judge Paul G. Gessner sentenced MacDonald to two consecutive 45-day prison terms. The sentences were suspended and MacDonald was placed on probation for 12 months. She was ordered to pay $44,465 in restitution to the Department of Revenue and a $1,000 criminal fine. MacDonald must also file and pay all future taxes in a timely manner. 

The state’s evidence showed that MacDonald failed to file state income tax returns for 2002 through 2006. She also aided and abetted Progressive Rehabilitation & Pain Management, PLLC, and Darwin Medical Management, LLC, in the failure to file withholding tax reports and remit the payment of state income taxes withheld from her employees’ wages. MacDonald was the owner of the medical practices in Fayetteville at the time of the offenses. The businesses are now closed.

The charges against MacDonald resulted from an investigation by the Department of Revenue’s Fayetteville Field Collections Office and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.


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