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Wake County Businessman Pleads Guilty in State Tax Case

Raleigh

A Wake County businessman pleaded guilty Thursday in Wake County Superior Court to felony tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Willie Trumall Wimbush, 44, of 1417 White Opal Drive, Knightdale, pleaded guilty on October 12, 2017 to seven counts of Embezzlement of State Property and four counts of Attempting to Evade or Defeat Tax.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens sentenced Wimbush to a 16-month minimum, 29-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Wimbush was placed on supervised probation for 60 months. As a condition of probation, Wimbush was ordered to be placed under electronic home monitoring for the first six months, perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $15,000.00 fine. Wimbush paid $35,000.00 toward the total restitution amount of $46,126.00 at the time of his plea.

Information presented in court showed that Wimbush, the owner of Peak Healthcare Services, LLC and the managing partner of Wimbush & Jones Computer Consultants and Staffing, LLC aided and abetted the businesses to embezzle, misapply, and convert to their own use $35,843.00 in North Carolina Withholding Tax during the period January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2014. Additional evidence showed that Wimbush underreported the income that he earned from his businesses, Peak Healthcare Services, LLC, Wimbush & Jones Computer Consultants and Staffing, LLC, and Wimbush & Associates IT Consulting and Staffing, LLC, on his 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 North Carolina Individual Income Tax Returns, resulting in approximately $10,283.00 in individual income tax owed to the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

The charges against Wimbush resulted from an investigation by special agents with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Section in Raleigh, and was prosecuted by the Special Prosecutions attorneys in the office of the Attorney General.