Former lawmaker pleads guilty to tax charge

Posted May 16, 2014

Former state Rep. Deb McManus

— Former state Rep. Deborah McManus, 57, of Siler City, pleaded guilty Friday to tax charges that prompted her to resign from office late last year, according to the state Department of Revenue. 

McManus, a Democrat, was the bookkeeper for her husband's medical office, Carolina Family Practice. According to the department, she failed to remit employees' North Carolina income tax to the state, despite withholding the tax from the employees' paychecks. She paid restitution of $70,242.41 at the time of Friday's plea. Her husband's medical practice is now closed. 

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ordered McManus to pay restitution and a $10,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service in lieu of a suspended 16- to 29-month prison sentence.


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  • RDcallsit May 20, 2014

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    WE CAN'T, but so many do...

  • Paul M May 20, 2014

    A person for NC that tried to rip off NC. Normal Politition to me

  • Martha Matthews May 19, 2014
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    Unfortunately the laws are for the common people, not the politicians or the people who have a ton of money to buy them a lesser sentence. The lawmakers themselves make it so.

  • Linzie Washington May 18, 2014
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    Another corrupt politician who thinks laws are for the little people, but not them. I don't understand how anyone can trust government to make decisions for them or to take care of them.

  • Tom Haywood May 17, 2014
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    Ya gotta wonder what in the world was she thinking ... ...

  • Tommie Chavis May 16, 2014
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    I would not have suspended her sentence. If a Republican was sent to jail this Democrat should also see the inside of a 4 wall square jail cell period.....