Cumberland County Man Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Raleigh

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

Matthew L. Vaughan, 44, of 3647 Florida Drive Extension, Fayetteville, NC pleaded guilty on July 1, 2015 to three counts of Attempting to Evade and Defeat Tax.

District Court Judge Eric C. Chasse sentenced Vaughan to a six-month minimum, seventeen-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Vaughan was placed on supervised probation for 36 months.  He was also ordered to be placed under electronic home monitoring for the first 30 days, pay restitution in the amount of $13,767.39, pay a fine of $7,500.00, and complete 100 hours of community service.

Information in court showed Vaughan knowingly and willfully maintained with his employer, The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., fraudulent Forms NC-4 Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, during the tax years 2011 through 2013, claiming to be exempt from North Carolina individual income tax withholding.  These actions caused The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., 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. 

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


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