Durham County Man Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges


RALEIGH – A Durham County business owner pleaded guilty Thursday in Wake County Superior Court to felony charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Pharis Hugh Lambert, 64, of 4105 Trotter Ridge Road, Durham, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on July 30, 2015 to one count of Embezzlement of State Property and one count of Embezzlement of Durham County Property.

Superior Court Judge Michael J. O’Foghludha sentenced Lambert to a 16-month minimum, 29-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Lambert was placed on supervised probation for 60 months.  Lambert paid $93,635.50 in restitution at the time of his plea.  He was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fine and complete 200 hours of community service work.

Information presented in court showed Lambert, a corporate officer of Trembal, 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 Trembal, Inc., which was under a duty to collect, hold in trust, and remit North Carolina State and County Sales Tax to the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

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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