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Durham woman sentenced for tax evasion

Posted May 20, 2010 9:43 a.m. EDT

— 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."