Tag:Carrington

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Belk Disciplined As Judge And Attorney

    RALEIGH — A three-member panel of the state’s Disciplinary Hearing Commission ruled Friday that former Judge Bill Belk, 64, violated the Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys because he was untruthful when interviewed four years ago about his outside activities while he was a District Court judge in Mecklenburg County.

  • Two Clinton Women Plead Guilty To Stolen-Identity Tax Fraud

    NEW BERN — Clinton residents Angela Christina Lainez-Flores, 44, and her daughter Karen Mejia, 23, both citizens of Honduras, pleaded guilty July 22 in a conspiracy to defraud the federal government. Their scheme involved the filing of multiple federal income tax returns using fabricated identities, phony W-2 earnings statements, and…

  • Feds Unwilling or Unable To Stop Illegal Checks

    RALEIGH — A Long Island, N.Y., woman has spent nearly two years trying to convince the Internal Revenue Service and the U. S. Postal Service that persons with Hispanic-sounding surnames using her address to obtain tax refunds from the IRS are part of a fraud scheme. She has not found…