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State employees accused of not paying state taxes

Posted February 20, 2013

— A Duplin County husband and wife who work for the North Carolina Department of Corrections were arrested Tuesday after authorities said they cheated on their taxes for 12 years.

Andrew Riddick, 51, and his wife, Sharon Sutton Riddick, 55, both of the 500 block of North Center Street in Warsaw, were charged with 12 counts of attempt to evade or defeat tax, according to the state Department of Revenue’s Tax Enforcement Division.

Investigators said the Riddicks filed fraudulent tax forms with their employer, claiming to be exempt from state income tax withholdings. Consequently, no state taxes were taken from their paychecks from 1999 to 2010.

Investigators said the Riddicks were not exempt from paying state taxes. They would not disclose how much the couple owed in back taxes or penalties.

The Riddicks were each held under a $30,000 bond pending a court appearance Wednesday.


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  • dcblackburn1963 Feb 20, 2013

    guess they are not obama supports....they didnt want to pay their fair share....

  • whatelseisnew Feb 20, 2013

    "2 out of how many state employees? 300,000? I agree with the previous comment. What difference does it make where they work?"

    This is only 2 of an unknown number that are cheating. I guess being they were STATE employees, it makes it SEEM a bit more offensive. I don't blame them for not paying. I would rather not pay either, but I have zero interest in going to jail so with the GUN BARREL pointed to my head, I pay up.

  • whatelseisnew Feb 20, 2013

    I wonder if Love will return to the State. He ought to just write off the 10K bond. He saved a lot more than that by not paying taxes for three years. Course, it would not surprise me if most States have an agreement to round of tax cheats for each other. The tax dragon is mean.

  • whatelseisnew Feb 20, 2013

    Why are they bothering these people. We have millions of criminals that are being completely ignored. Why pick on these folks. Oh yeah, they tried to avoid the tax dragon. THAT IS A NO NO. You can break PLENTY of laws, but you should never ever try to cheat the TAX DRAGON. I wonder will the tax dragon pursue the millions of criminals that the rest of the criminal justice system is ignoring. They are most assuredly cheating the tax dragon.

  • pulstar40 Feb 20, 2013

    2 out of how many state employees? 300,000? I agree with the previous comment. What difference does it make where they work?

  • Whatever Geez Feb 20, 2013


  • lwe1967 Feb 20, 2013

    They don't have to have them withheld, but they like the rest of us have to pay them!

  • ms b Feb 20, 2013

    I don't think its illegal to not have taxes withheld. The illegal part is in not filing and thus paying the piper at the end of the tax year.

  • Dollars-and-Sense Feb 20, 2013


    The story reads that the couple "filed fraudulent tax forms with their employer". So it appears the form is the NC-4. All NC workers complete this form at the time they are first employed or change their withholdings. There is a question on the form that allows no NC tax to be withheld from their paychecks. (See link) Now keep in mind this is just tax withholding from your paycheck. If the couple filed their tax returns correctly, they would have paid their taxes on their NC income tax return. My guess is that they filed fraudulent state tax returns too.

  • Sherlock Feb 20, 2013

    Well they probley owe over 30K based on the bond.. But they will get to pay it off over time.