The business manager of a Charlotte-based extermination company was arrested Tuesday on charges of not giving the state almost $120,000 the company withheld from employees as income tax and with trying to get credit on its own tax returns by saying it turned over the money for 2010 through 2015.
Ann Gaither Teague, 49, of Glenn Teague Road outside Charlotte surrendered at the Wake County Detention Center in mid-afternoon to face the charges contained in seven arrest warrants sworn out by state Department of Revenue investigators.
She was released after posting a $50,000 bond and told to make a first court appearance Wednesday.
According to the arrest warrants, Teague was the business manager for Southeastern Extermination Co. Inc, which is based in Charlotte and advertises that it has a second office in Greensboro to cover the Triad and Triangle.
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That made her the person responsible for sending the state $119,901.59 in taxes withheld from employees’ wages from Jan. 1, 2009, through Oct. 7, 2015, the warrants alleged. In that role, they said, she is considered an agent of the state, and helping the company keep money for its own use is embezzlement.
A warrant charged her with embezzling state property and with aiding and abetting the company to “embezzle, misapply and convert to its own use” the money it held back from workers’ checks.
Warrants for each calendar year from 2010 through 2015 charged that Teague filed Southeastern’s tax returns and claimed credit for paying the withholding money that agents said actually wasn’t paid.
That led to six counts of obtaining property by false pretense.
All the charges are felonies.