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.
(5.01.13) Illegal Immigrants Try To Cash In On Tax Refund Fraud
RALEIGH — When a woman named Veronica tried to cash a federal income tax refund check for $8,113 April 5 at a Sampson County check-cashing business, instead of a handful of cash she was greeted by members of the Sampson County sheriff’s office who suspected that her tax refund was the result of a fraudulent tax return.
(4.30.13) Victims Surprised To Learn They Were SIRF Targets
RALEIGH — The victims of stolen-identity tax refund fraud are real people, not just statistics. Two of them, whose names came up in a Carolina Journal investigation into tax refund fraud, are Jody A. Freed, of Slatington, Pa., and Evan Russell, who lives in Raleigh.
(4.29.13) Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Widespread
DURHAM — Stolen identity refund fraud occurs when criminals file fake tax returns in the name of a taxpayer, but do so before the real taxpayer gets around to it. Then, the IRS, in an effort to provide good service, sends a refund check to the criminal before it learns from employers if the refund actually is warranted. It’s been called the “No. 1 tax scam” of the year.
(3.25.13) Durham Resident Unearths Likely Tax Fraud
DURHAM — After receiving several pieces of mail addressed to four different persons at his home address on Sherron Road, and seeing strange people checking mailboxes on his street, a Durham resident concluded someone was using his mailbox in a tax-fraud scheme.
(3.04.13) State’s ‘Unjust Land Grab’ Continues
RALEIGH — Despite a ruling by the N.C. Court of Appeals saying the state has no interest in the property known as Hammocks Beach, lawyers working for Attorney General Roy Cooper are forcing John H. Hurst and his sister Harriet Hurst Turner to continue fighting for the 289-acre Onslow County waterfront property.
(2.08.13) Award Presentation for Longtime Sen. Soles Canceled
RALEIGH — A Monday event in Whiteville honoring former state Sen. R.C. Soles, D-Columbus, has been canceled. Soles decided Thursday to cancel the event awarding the Order of the Long Leaf Pine after the Tabor City attorney learned that Carolina Journal had been unable to find any record showing that former Gov. Bev Perdue approved the award.
(1.02.13) Voting Drives In State Hospitals Will Continue
RALEIGH — The director of state facilities for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled said that while efforts are made to notify the guardians of patients and residents of facilities run by the state about voting activities, a patient’s right to vote takes priority over any objections from guardians.
(12.17.12) N.C. Mountain Man Fights To Preserve Old Ways
BOONE — Watauga County mountain man Eustace Conway appears to have the sympathy of state building code regulators and Watauga County health officials, but he faces a series of legal and regulatory barriers if he wants to keep Turtle Island Preserve open to the public.
(12.03.12) Group Home Staff Helped Patients Vote
RALEIGH — Voter registration efforts targeting the mentally ill and developmentally disabled include not only patients at state-run facilities but also residents of privately managed group homes, Carolina Journal has learned.
(11.16.12) AG Holder’s Brother Apparently Employs Illegal Workers
RALEIGH — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s brother, William Holder, apparently employs illegal foreign workers at one or more of the four McDonald’s restaurants he and his wife Deborah purchased last year in Wake County, a Carolina Journal investigation has found.