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Durham woman sentenced for tax evasion

Posted May 20, 2010

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— A Durham woman received a six-month prison sentence Wednesday after pleading guilty to not paying federal taxes on nearly $600,000.

Cheryl Meliones was also fined $4,000 and will be placed on probation for 18 months following her imprisonment. She was sentenced in federal court in Greensboro.

An investigation by the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division lead to charges against Meliones in October that she didn't file a federal income tax return in 2004, 2005 and 2006. She pleaded guilty to failing to file a return for $596,100 in 2006.

"It is important that honest, taxpaying citizens know that IRS-CI is working diligently to ensure they are not bearing the burden of someone else's tax liability," Special Agent-in-Charge Jeannine A. Hammett said. "IRS-CI will aggressively pursue those who willfully fail to file their tax returns."

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  • penelope1 May 20, 2010

    Tell it seankelly15 - they had a blue light bandit that tried to stop a lady in Fayetteville; that's Obama's fault also. LOL

  • Da Toy Maker May 20, 2010

    "On the subject of the Obama economy, I closed my business down last month after 7 profitable years under Bush. So, what does that prove?
    beef"

    Sorry to hear that. By any chance your business is construction related?? I started my own business right after the last recession (2002). It has been profitable even though the last 1 & 1/2 years has dropped. Had to make a couple changes but it is not that bad. The key is that I made changes to survive but I don't try to make excuse. I'm the only one that is responsible for my own business whether it makes it or not.

  • penelope1 May 20, 2010

    When people aren't spending money; there is no different marketing plan as far as our business was concerned and my husband is at the age now where he can't compete in todays job market; not at his age and growing health concerns. Things are looking up for us now and people are at least spending money again and our doors can stay open awhile longer. Some people did well under Bush/Cheney but our business didn't and we lost a large portion of our investments when the economy tanked. The POTUS hasn't been in office long enough to correct all the wrong that's been done nor can he be blamed for it either. He has nothing to do with topic of discussion "Durham woman sentenced for tax evasion".

  • FragmentFour May 20, 2010

    "On the subject of the Obama economy, I closed my business down last month after 7 profitable years under Bush. So, what does that prove?"

    That you needed a different marketing plan for at least some of that time. Sorry it happened though - and I hope you are able to restart and sustain.

  • seankelly15 May 20, 2010

    beef - ANY person who believes that they have entered the wrong income for a previous tax year can file an amended return (I have filed amended 1040s for a year where I failed to enter a 1099 as well as cases where I had overstated the income from some rental property). This lady filed NO TAX returns for five years. Big difference. But, not to you; you want to find some way to bash Obama. They found a body on NCSU's campus yesterday... I am sure that was Obama's fault as well.

  • yorky1966 May 20, 2010

    "that that so many of Obama's appointees got to restate their income when the spotlight swung their way. This lady is going to prison for 6 months. She did not get to restate her income."

    She can't restate her income because she didn't file taxes in the first place.

    "On the subject of the Obama economy, I closed my business down last month after 7 profitable years under Bush. So, what does that prove?"

    I don't know what it proves other than your business failed due to policies that were in place which caused the whole economy to tank! It's interesting that you said 7 years instead of 8. Besides what does this article have to do with the POUS?!?!?

  • beef May 20, 2010

    I think it is a legitimate issue that that so many of Obama's appointees got to restate their income when the spotlight swung their way. This lady is going to prison for 6 months. She did not get to restate her income. And for all of you who think federal low security prisons are like a spa vacation, the feds should start a program which fills empty prison beds with libs who want an inexpensive, relaxing getaway and at the same time help the Almighty Federal Government increase revenues. The catch? Once you sign up for, say 2 weeks, you are in prison for 2 weeks. No going home early. We'll see how fun and relaxing it really is.

    On the subject of the Obama economy, I closed my business down last month after 7 profitable years under Bush. So, what does that prove?

  • penelope1 May 20, 2010

    ORMA - I knew it wouldn't be long before Obama's name was mentioned in this story. Get over it he's the President now; I know you aren't that ignorant to think that we were all rolling in dough when Bush was in office. Well let me tell we weren't our family finances were worst then and now we are finally seeing some light economically. My husband is self employed and was about ready to shut down his business but now business is picking up again. It has taken longer than 16 months of President Obama being in office to drive this country into the ditch and Bush and Cheney was driving the bus for eight years.

  • freedomfromAmeriKa May 20, 2010

    47% of Amerikans pay NO income tax even though they show 'earned income'. It's also interesting to remember that those of us who pay taxes cover 40 million on food stamps (2x just 6 years ago), free healthcare for illegals, and billion dollar bonuses for banksters on wall st, all while pushing our industries overseas during the last 20 years. Makes me wonder @ sustainability. p.s. look at the headline article on a diving market. still, the taxman cometh.

  • wildcat May 20, 2010

    She got what she deserved. The IRS will get their money so why try to skate the system. If you owe pay up or make arrangements. There is no excuse for it.

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