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Don Carrington


Vice president at the Locke Foundation and Associate Publisher of Carolina Journal, the monthly newspaper of the John Locke Foundation. He joined the Foundation in late 1994, having previously written articles for Carolina Journal and participated in Locke activities. His duties at the Foundation include investigative reporting, research, and public speaking. He writes articles and newspaper columns for the Foundation and in 1995 co-authored Changing Course, Locke's first proposal for rightsizing state government and cutting taxes. Carrington's previous work experience in North Carolina includes economic and employment research in state government, private-sector marketing, economic development, and political consulting. He received his degree in business administration from East Carolina University and is a native of the Washington, D.C. area.

Articles by Don Carrington

(4.03.14) Illegal Immigrants Sentenced In IRS Fraud Scheme
RALEIGH — Two Honduran men living illegally in eastern North Carolina each will spend more than four years in federal prison for their roles in a scheme to collect millions of dollars in federal income tax refunds filed under fictitious identities, one of which was used to register to vote in Wake County. One of their aliases, “Eli Valle,” is listed as a registered unaffiliated voter in Wake County.

(3.31.14) Impact of Film Industry On N.C. Jobs Unclear
RALEIGH — The 25-percent refundable state tax credit offered to film production companies may be in trouble. New legislation may be drafted to preserve incentives for filmmakers, but it’s not clear how many jobs the industry provides in North Carolina, and whether offering tax credits is a net economic benefit to the state or simply a drain on the treasury.

(3.06.14) Tax Fraud Season Has Arrived
RALEIGH — As income-tax filing season for the 2013 tax year reaches its peak, billions of dollars in fraudulent refunds continue to flow to scam artists using stolen or fabricated identities and fake dependents to take advantage of a major loophole in the way the federal government issues refunds to individuals.

(3.06.14) Tax Preparer Says Mexicans Recruited in Fraud Scheme
RALEIGH — In February, a North Carolina tax preparer of Hispanic descent told Carolina Journal that several tax preparers in her community help their clients commit federal income tax fraud by claiming tax credits for children who either do not exist or do not live in the United States. Each phony child “qualifies” for a refund of up to $1,000 per year.

(1.06.14) National Average Goal Unique To Education Pay
RALEIGH — Education leaders and some politicians for years have urged that pay for educators in North Carolina be at “the national average,” a goal used for no other employment sector in the state as a metric to gauge the appropriateness of pay.

(12.16.13) Another Fake Tax Refund Scheme Emerges in N.C.
RALEIGH — In late November, Phillip Brooks from the Union County community of Marshville notified Carolina Journal that his address probably was being used as part of a scheme to collect a fraudulent federal tax refund check. Marshville is the third North Carolina locality at which CJ has found one or more tax refund checks sent to individuals who not only did not live at the recipient’s address but also, most likely, did not exist.

(12.09.13) April Trial Date Set for Libel Suit Against Cooper
RALEIGH — At Friday’s hearing, Judge W. Ormond Smith III met in a Wake County courtroom with the four plaintiffs — Gene Boyce, Dan Boyce, Philip Isley, and Laura Isley — and five attorneys representing Cooper. Jim Phillips, spokesman for the Cooper team, said he had a knee replacement scheduled this week and that his doctor told him that the earliest he would be ready for a trial would be late March.

(12.02.13) AG Uses Personal Insurance for Legal Bills
RALEIGH — Attorney General Roy Cooper’s use of a personal liability umbrella insurance policy to pay for his defense in a 13-year-old defamation lawsuit allows him to keep confidential how much he has paid lawyers for his defense, something he could not do if he were using a campaign account or legal defense fund.

(11.05.13) Cooper Libel Suit Moves to Trial
RALEIGH — The plaintiffs, led by Raleigh attorney Gene Boyce, allege that Attorney General Roy Cooper and his 2000 campaign committee ran a political ad that was defamatory and constituted an unfair and deceptive trade practice, and that they participated in a conspiracy to violate a North Carolina law prohibiting false ads during election campaigns.

(10.25.13) Belk Loses Law License for Three Years
RALEIGH — A three-member panel of the state’s Disciplinary Hearing Commission decided at an Oct. 21 hearing to suspend former Mecklenburg County Judge Bill Belk’s law license for three years for violating a rule of conduct. Belk, who insists the violation is nothing more than a misunderstanding he “tried to correct and that had no bearing on my role as a judge,” could have been disbarred for life.

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