Duplin County Man Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges


RALEIGH – A Warsaw man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Wake County Superior Court to felony tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Andrew Riddick, 54, of 516 N. Center Street, Warsaw pleaded guilty on May 13, 2015 to two counts of Attempting to Evade or Defeat Tax.

Superior Court Judge Michael R. Morgan sentenced Riddick to a six-month minimum, eight month maximum prison term.  The sentence was suspended and Riddick was placed on supervised probation for 60 months.  He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $15,601 over the period of probation.   

Information presented in court showed Riddick willfully maintained with his former employer, the North Carolina Department of Corrections, fraudulent Forms NC-4 during tax years 1999 through 2010, claiming to be "Exempt" from North Carolina Individual Income tax withholding.  These actions caused the North Carolina Department of Corrections to not withhold state individual income tax from his wages when in fact he was not exempt from state individual income tax withholding, all in an attempt to evade and defeat the North Carolina Individual Income Tax.  Riddick’s wife, Sharon Sutton Riddick was previously convicted on tax evasion charges for the same period of time.    

Riddick claimed to have acted on the advice of his wife who learned about this scheme from seminars that were held at her church, and supported by her Pastor, Frank Bowden.  Bowden and a co-defendant, were found guilty of federal charges in 2003 and received active federal prison sentences. 

The charges against Riddick resulted from an investigation by a Special Agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Section in Raleigh.


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