Charlotte CPA Guilty of State Tax Charges

Date:  July 21, 2008

RALEIGH – A Charlotte certified public accountant pleaded guilty Monday in Wake County Superior Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Etim J. Udoh, 37, of 11335 Fox Hill Drive, Charlotte pleaded guilty on July 21, 2008 to six felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour sentenced Udoh to a consolidated five-month minimum, six-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Udoh was placed on supervised probation for 24 months. He was ordered to pay restitution of $5,818. Udoh was also ordered to file accurate amended returns and pay all taxes due, perform 100 hours of community service, pay court costs and a $2,000 criminal fine within the first six months of his probation.

The state’s evidence showed that Udoh knowingly filed false and fraudulent North Carolina individual income tax returns for himself for 2004 to 2005, and for his wife for 2003 through 2006.

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

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