Former county commissioner arrested on tax charges

October 03, 2019 - 4:59 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal attorneys say a former North Carolina county commissioner has been arrested on charges of filing false tax returns and failing to file a federal tax return.

The U.S. Department of Justice says former Forsyth County Commissioner Everette Witherspoon Jr. filed false personal tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service from 2013 through 2015. He’s also accused of not reporting his county commissioner wages and falsely underreporting gross receipts for a mental health services provider business he managed.

On Sept. 30, a federal grand jury in Greensboro returned an indictment, which was unsealed following Witherspoon’s arrest.

If convicted, Witherspoon faces maximums of three years for each count of filing a false tax return and one year in prison for the other charge. He also faces supervised release and monetary penalties.

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