• CJ Flashback: Rural Center Under Fire

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center faces the most uncertainty since its creation in 1987. But this scrutiny is nothing new: Carolina Journal questioned the value of the giant grantmaking agency to North Carolina taxpayers and businesses 15 years ago — along with its cozy relationship to the…

  • IRS: Women Filed $1.4 Million in False Returns

    RALEIGH — Clinton residents Angela Christina Lainez-Flores and her daughter Karen Mejia filed fraudulent federal tax returns for refunds totaling $1.4 million from tax years 2006 through 2012, IRS special agent Bennett Strickland stated Thursday at a probable cause hearing in a Raleigh federal courtroom.

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.