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State employees accused of not paying state taxes

Posted February 20, 2013 3:53 p.m. EST

— 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.