Durham County Businessman Charged in State Tax Case


RALEIGH – A Durham County business owner was arrested Tuesday on felony tax charges and misdemeanor tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Pharis Hugh Lambert, 63, of 4105 Trotter Ridge Road, Durham, North Carolina, was charged on January 20, 2015 with one count of Embezzlement of State Property, one count of Embezzlement of Durham County Property and four counts of Willful Failure to File Return, Supply Information, or Pay Tax.

Arrest warrants allege that Lambert, a corporate officer of Trebmal, Inc., doing business as Uniform Junction, aided and abetted the corporation to embezzle, misapply and convert to its own use $93,635.50 in North Carolina State and Durham County sales tax during the period June 1, 2005 through June 20, 2014.  During this period of time, Lambert held the position of Secretary/Treasurer, and was the responsible person of Trebmal, Inc., which was under a duty to collect, hold in trust, and remit North Carolina State and Durham County Sales Tax to the North Carolina Department of Revenue.  Additional warrants allege that Lambert willfully failed to file a North Carolina Individual Income Tax Return for the tax years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Lambert appeared before a Wake County magistrate and was placed under a $32,500 secured bond. A first appearance was scheduled for January 21, 2015 in Wake County District Court in Raleigh.

The charges against Lambert resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Section in Raleigh.


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