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Raleigh man pleads guilty to tax evasion

Posted March 18, 2011

— A Raleigh man pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of attempted tax evasion, according to the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Prosecutors said that Thomas M. Jones Jr., 63, of 6112 River Meadow Court, filed state tax returns for 2006, 2007 and 2008 showing less income than he actually made. He received tax refunds that he wasn't entitled to, prosecutors said.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens gave Jones a suspended six-month jail sentence and placed him on probation for two years. Jones must pay the taxes he owes within six months.

Stephens also ordered Jones to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service.

The case was investigated by an agent with the revenue department's Criminal Investigations Section.


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  • concreteman Mar 18, 2011

    This is one of those stories that comes out just before April 15th each year that the tax authorities love. It works as a deterrent for those even thinking of cheating on their taxes.

  • LuvLivingInCary Mar 18, 2011

    it's one of those geez look how were are saving the state money deals and justifying non producing salaries.

  • jayhurst Mar 18, 2011

    Criminal Prosecutions are not about bottom line. If they were, there would be no death penalty (a death case costs millions to defend over time, and much more than the cost of imprisonment for Life Without Parole).

    The purpose of criminal prosecutions is to avenge the peace and dignity of the people, and the purposes of sentencing are to punish and incapacitate the offender, to deter the offender and others, and to rehabilitate the offender (though the last one has been abandoned over the past three decades). Public safety will always cost more than it brings in. But, it is what we must do to protect ourselves.

    I would also note: the comments illustrate the primary flaw in our current fetish for privitization, of services and of measures. The Government exists to protect and serve We the People, who alone enable Government. Private enterprise is about profit only. As seankelly notes, running Government for profit only will endanger us all, and wind up killing many of us.

  • Cleanup on Aisle Cool Mar 18, 2011

    Seankelly15 -
    Would you pay $5,000 in lawyers fees and court costs to prosecute someone that did $100 in damages to you? No, of course not. Because you half half a brain, and care how your finances are handled. The state does not care how much something costs, because they are not the ones paying. It is fiscally irresponsible actions like this that are the reasons the state must collect more and more revenue each year - to cover the dumb decisions made.

  • seankelly15 Mar 18, 2011

    grimreaper - "So after "paying" the agent with the Revenue Department and paying all of the legal stuff did the State actually make any money?"

    Unbelievable... the purpose of the prosecution was NOT TO MAKE MONEY it was to PROSECUTE A TAX EVADER. So, in your moral world if laws are broken but there is no positive bottom line for the government then then there should be no prosecution?

  • grimreaper Mar 18, 2011

    So after "paying" the agent with the Revenue Department and paying all of the legal stuff did the State actually make any money? Totally doubtful...even if the guy was hiding $50,000 of income that would at most be about $3750 in tax due. I find it hard to believe the State made money here.

    This is a bit like bragging about how you once won $10,000 in Vegas on one pull of a slot but overall have cumulatively lost $25,000...our great unaccountable government. Spend $50 to save 5 cents.

  • dwntwnboy Mar 18, 2011

    "This is news WHY?"- because it's a warning right here before tax time to be honest on your returns or it could happen to you too. Seems obvious enough.

  • Journey985 Mar 18, 2011

    This is news WHY?