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Wake County Sheriff's Deputy Convicted of Felonies in State Tax Case

Raleigh

RALEIGH – A Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy was convicted Wednesday of felony tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Marc Lewis Fellner, 41, of 1242 Braemar Highland Drive, Zebulon, was found guilty on October 28, 2015 of three counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses.

Superior Court Judge Henry Hight sentenced Fellner to three consecutive sentences for a total of eighteen to fifty one months of imprisonment. These sentences were suspended, and Fellner was placed on supervised probation for 60 months. As conditions of probation, Fellner was ordered to pay restitution of $26,909.00, pay a fine of $2,500, and complete 50 hours of community service.

Information presented during trial showed Fellner filed fraudulent 2011, 2012, and 2013 North Carolina individual income tax returns representing that he had North Carolina income taxes withheld from his wages, different than that reported by his employers, Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Sharpsburg. Inflated withholding amounts totaled $30,854.53. These fraudulent claims deceived the Department of Revenue and caused the state to issue refunds of $8,010.15 for 2011, and $10,629.00 for 2012, to which he was not entitled. The Department caught Fellner’s fraudulent 2013 refund claim of $11,477.00 before it was issued. Fellner testified during trial, that he prepared his own tax returns using Turbo Tax. At sentencing, Fellner’s attorney stated to the court that Fellner had submitted his resignation to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

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

 


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