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MONDAY - April 19, 2010

FORMER GOVERNOR’S ASSISTANT PLEADS GUILTY

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today CHARLES RUFFIN POOLE, 38, of Raleigh, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to federal income tax evasion, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7201.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on March 18, 2010.

According to the Plea Agreement, on April 14, 2006, POOLE attempted to evade a portion of his 2005 federal income tax liability by concealing his receipt of $30,000.00 of income he received in connection with his involvement in the financing of Cannonsgate, a high-end community in Carteret County.As part of the Plea Agreement, POOLE agreed that he failed to report and correctly identify the source of income from criminal activity.

The maximum penalty is up to five years’ imprisonment followed by up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

Investigation of this case is being conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigations Division. First Assistant United States Attorney John Stuart Bruce and Assistant United States Attorney Dennis M. Duffy are assigned as prosecutors.

 

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