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Ex-N.C. State Coach Convicted of Tax Evasion

Posted June 28, 2007

— A former head diving coach at North Carolina State University was sentenced to prison term Thursday after a jury found him guilty of state tax evasion.

Michael H. Finneran, 58, of 121 Flora McDonald Lane in Cary, was convicted of five counts of attempting to evade or defeat
the North Carolina individual income tax. Superior Court Judge J. B. Allen Jr. sentenced him to 25 to 30 months in prison on the charges.

Finneran has indicated he will appeal the ruling.

Authorities said Finneran filed fraudulent state tax returns from 2002 to 2005, claiming on bogus W-2 forms that he had no income in any of those years. He also prepared and submitted a false employee’s withholding allowance certificate to his employer in 2003 in which
he claimed to be exempt from North Carolina’s withholding tax, authorities said.

Finneran didn't consider himself an employee of N.C. State or any other business during those four years, so the money paid to him during that time wasn't taxable wages, authorities said.


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  • stevekerp Jun 29, 2007

    The income tax has been, from its inception, an EXCISE tax. An excise tax is a tax on the exercise of a government-granted privilege. Working for a living is not a privilege; it is a God-given right. There is properly no tax on rights.
    I believe Mike's position was technically flawed, and we have seen law administered at the expense of justice.

    The 4th of July is coming, when we all pretend that we are the free-est people in the history of the world. But it's a sham. No people can be free when they are owned by and afraid of their government. And no people can be free when the government claims and exercises primary ownership of the fruits of their labor.

    The jury failed to understand that, and to understand their responsibilities under the principle of "jury nullification." So we are enforcing the enslavement of ourselves.

    I really don't think this is what Washington, Jefferson et al had in mind.

  • ProgFan Jun 29, 2007

    Yeah, I can dig it. I'm not an employee here either. Sure, I come to work every day, they pay me for what I do, but that can't be considered INCOME, can it?

  • Tired of it2 Jun 29, 2007

    It sounds like he was in way over his head. LOL Since he lives in Cary I wonder if he'll pull his 25 to 30 months in Apex. ROTFLMBO

  • Memory Jun 29, 2007

    I remember another student talking about this guy a few years ago (around '04). She insisted that her swim teacher had found some loophole so that he didn't have pay his taxes, and that he had never had any problems. I guess the "loophole" was lying to the federal gov't (never a good idea...)

  • rpdwife05 Jun 29, 2007

    SpunkySouthernGirl: I agree.... The long running belief is that since most of the local journalist come from UNC journalism school, thats why NCSU is always bashed.

  • willofthewolf Jun 29, 2007

    So why is he in jail and all these illegal immigrants are free to work for their employers under state contracts who never pay a dag blasted thing in taxes either? Their kids don't get immunized making them a threat to other children. They lie on their school registration forms so their kids get free lunches. They don't pay taxes other than sales tax yet we are paying for their kid's education and oh yeh, we are paying for their medical when they get drunk and crash their cars, killing innocent people.

    Yeh, I think we are on the right track with him being in jail.../rant off

  • JerryO Jun 29, 2007

    Always knew that htere was a reason NC State and Central Prison were built so close to each other.

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Jun 29, 2007

    I love NC State but as I have commented before...they seem to get more than their fair share of negative publicity one way or another. (Another poster got really angry with me for posting that, but they do seem to be in the news fairly often.)

  • nadardainvader2 Jun 29, 2007

    2.7 seconds on a man i barely knew

  • Chapel Hill Bill Jun 29, 2007


    It shouldn't be necessary to explain to you that the prison term is supposed to serve as a warning to millions of others not to evade their taxes. So the expenses are an investment in reducing potential future tax revenue losses. Duhhh!